“Instant Vacations”

The American actor, Milton Berle, once said that “laughter is an instant vacation.”  However, what other kinds of instant vacations can be had in today’s strung out world?

I don’t know about you, but planning my last vacation was a tiring, Pinterest-scrolling experience.  

So, in honor of mental health awareness month, today’s post offers just a few thoughts on creating moments of “instant vacations” for yourself in your own everyday life, minus all the cyber fatigue and with the added benefit of making more of your headspace available for creative living.

*Question the rush to get back into your car. For example, instead of just hurrying out of your neighborhood coffee shop to get back in your car after getting your coffee and such, maybe take a moment to sit down, even for two or three minutes, and enjoy the views of your town, your neighbors, the decor, and more. Suspend disbelief and just relax into the moment and whatever inspirations hit you. Who knows, maybe you will have a fun encounter with someone or something.

*Don’t be afraid to question urgency and delay the busy-ness. Like, instead of dutifully marching off to a haircut at the salon last week, I decided to take a much needed nature stroll, instead, that ended up making my day and made for great pictures to boot.  What’s another week with longer hair anyway?

*Challenge assumptions of what vacations are.  Maybe try closing your eyes and picturing your own happy place for a minute.  Your dream place might not look actually all that much like the costly destination that you’re about to book online this spring. Maybe, just maybe, this dream place is much closer than you think.

*Rest your mind and fingers and avoid repetitive stress. Use voice dictation instead of just typing on tiny screens (especially when auto-edits are driving you up the wall).  Even if you end up doing some minor edits, you’ll be surprised by how much faster you can still get your message across to others. I always cover myself, lol, by adding to my texts that “this message was voice-dictated.”

*Facilitate mini retreats. Start your mini “digital detox” retreat by leaving your smartphone at home, even if just for a short time, or pick it up today just a few less times than you’re used to doing; and make notes on a paper notepad. You can also practice mini silent-retreats, if you feel like you need to cut down on an endless stream of head chatter in your life. You might receive new insights, thereby.

*Try a new recipe. As time goes by, I am shocked by how much I still have to discover in the kitchen. For example, I would like to learn how to make an apple cider vinaigrette so that I don’t always have to buy it.

*Seek support. Let everyone who needs to know in on the fact that you are incorporating more gaps in your availability.  This boundary-setting has a side bonus in that it tends to inspire respect in others of your time and presence. Incidentally, heads up, dear readers, I will only be posting to this blog once or twice a season; unless I am otherwise inspired or just have to tell you something, of course. 🙂

*‘Fess up.  Is it possible that something in your daily routine needs a tweaking, or revamping, in order to better support your life and spirit in the days ahead?  Don’t be afraid to make needed changes, even if it means taking leaps of faith or just baby steps.

Before signing off today, my song “Wander” touches on the importance of just sitting and letting yourself be.  Have a listen to this song, that is soon to be released, played live with my band by clicking right here.

Hi!  I’m Isabel Marcheselli, a musical artist and writer. If you liked this post, please “like,” “favorite,” leave a comment, or “share” it with others to show your support – thanks! Also follow this blog and visit my links at:  https://linktr.ee/isabelmarcheselli

Check out my dreamy song “Wander” here

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