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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