Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 10 September 2019
As many of you know I took the month of August off.
This is the third year in a row that I have done this and if you want to dive a little deeper into the why behind it, you can read my previous posts on the topic (One way I prioritize my health).
You would think that each year would get easier, but this year was actually the most difficult.
Let me tell you why.
I didn’t have a plan.
For someone who is a little type A, very organized, likes to stick to a schedule, likes to accomplish things, and cross things off my list, no plan = uncomfortable.
I wasn’t going away on a trip.
That meant I had to learn how to relax and disconnect without leaving town. Lack of distance from work = uncomfortable.
I was alone.
I didn’t have a significant other, friends, or family that I was going to be traveling with. Feeling alone = uncomfortable.
I had too many options available to me.
This is a hurdle that plagues us all in many areas of life. In fact, studies have shown that when people have too many choices of a particular product eg. mustard at the grocery store, they end up buying none of them versus if they only had two or three choices. Large number of choices = uncomfortable.
So how did I overcome some of my staycation challenges?
Now that my staycation is over I have to say it was a success, but not in the way I thought it would be.
I realized I really enjoy travelling and it’s not something that I should deprive myself from. I realized when you say yes to invitations and follow-through it can improve your happiness more than if you just stayed in your comfort zone. I realized that your self-worth should not be derived solely from what you do, but who you are.
Enjoy some of the pics of my staycation below!
Now I would love to hear from you! Have you taken a staycation? What did you do or what did you learn? Leave a comment below and I’ll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!”
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4 Replies to “How I spent my summer holidays”
Thank you for sharing so openly. You put into words a few things I have been feeling.
Looks like you had fun in the sun. Staying local allows you to take in the beauty of the Quinte and Prince Edward County areas, as well as day-cations. Reading on your back deck allows you to enjoy your home and garden space.
You are welcome Judy 🙂
Hey Doc I to a staycation all summer in fact I’m on an exstanded staycation on my 100 AC camp where I’m building a new home/hobby farm I love working with my hands especially outdoors I have an excavator for moving earth and a sawmill to cut my own lumber and let me tell you there’s nothing like the smell of freshly cut lumber I truly believe environment play’s a big part in our daily lives try a walk in the forest then imagine living there thanks Doc see you next appointment and K2 u