Stress and a constantly hectic lifestyle can put an overload on our mind. Our mental state greatly influences our health, which is why it is important to practice habits to relax the mind. When you’re overwhelmed with activities and worries and can’t take the time off or vacation you’d like to rest, a mental vacation is all you’ll need.
How to take a mental vacation
It is not necessary to invest in a whole day of relaxation, a beach vacation or an expensive massage. To relax your mind and give it a vacation, doing these activities for a few minutes will give you a well-deserved mental rest.
Practice relaxing techniques
Meditation, yoga and visualization are some relaxation techniques available to everyone and that will really allow you to rest your mind from its worries and help you better deal with everyday challenges. Visualizing pleasant scenes is a mechanism that has stress-reducing effects. You can also use music CDs or relaxing sounds – the sound of the sea, rain or a stream – that will help you decompress your mind.
View photos and videos
Both at home and at work: pour yourself a refreshing drink and take a 5-minute break to look at images and videos of happy moments: your last family vacation, a birthday with friends, etc. It will automatically relax you and you will find yourself smiling as you remember good times. This simple pause so within reach every day has the impact of relaxing us mentally for a little while.
Pleasurable reading, be it a novel, a book of stories or your favorite hobbies, is an activity that relaxes and rests us, and allows us to go from our mind to another place for a while, without moving from where we are. Reading in bed is particularly relaxing: try it every night before you go to sleep.
Taking a walk is a technique to decompress the mind that never fails. Wherever you are and whatever the stressful circumstance – even in the middle of a work day – escaping for a few minutes for a short walk will provide you with fresh air and distraction. If you could even go somewhere quiet like a sunny park bench, those few minutes of rest will do your mind a big favor.
Even if you’re at work in the middle of a busy day, you can take a few minutes to look out the window and consciously focus on other things: the clouds, the birds, the color of the sky, the people passing by. The idea is to allow your mind to momentarily withdraw from immediate concerns and be able to appreciate the things around you with a more relaxed and restful attitude: your mind will relax instantly.
Allow yourself some of these mental rest activities for at least 5 to 10 or 20 minutes every day and let your body and mind relax and unwind. The small everyday luxury of relaxation through a little mental vacation is important for your health and well-being.