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How To Unplug And Actually Enjoy Vacation

It’s that wonderful time of year!

The time when many of us rush off to the beach, the mountains, or wherever you love to go for some much needed rest and relaxation. Whether you’re dreaming of sipping drinks oceanside or enjoying the outdoors on a mountainous hike, vacation is meant for relaxation.

Unfortunately, there’s one major hurdle holding us back from actually enjoying our vacations…technology. It’s 2019 and we’re surrounded by instant access to the world at our fingertips. We’re a culture that’s so tuned into tech that we sometimes miss out on experiencing the moment at hand. Don’t let technology waste another one of your vacations! Here are some tips that can help you unplug and enjoy.

Set Work Boundaries

We can access emails on our phones and receive text messages from our boss even from thousands of miles away. Before you head out of the office, clearly define your availability and expectations during your trip. Work ahead to complete tasks and let your co-workers know about your vacation. It’s OK to check in once or twice a day, but really to disconnect during the time in between.

Experience New Things

Keep your phone in your back pocket and get moving! Instead of worrying about the next Instagram-worthy snapshot, just enjoy the beauty of the world around you. Take in a new culture or tradition. Relax and meditate on a beach chair. Actually feel the sand on your toes and the wind in your hair. Ignite your senses and learn how to incorporate mindfulness- a routine you can keep year round!

Start A Gratitude Journal

Replace your phone with a good old-fashioned journal! Pen down your thoughts and tap into your feelings. Sketch, draw, paint or do whatever makes you happy. Find a release that’s healthy and productive.

Use vacation as a time to practice gratitude and mindfulness so you can cultivate happiness in your life that lasts beyond vacation

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