Vacation mindset is something that can be cultivated, and it can have a positive effect on both personal and workplace relationships.

Business coach Melody Wilding says a “vacation mindset” at work can help you deal with stress.
Letting your brain roam and channeling your playful side are a few ways to develop the mindset.
Designing your ideal workday and making it happen can be even better than a vacation, she says.

Despite the well-known benefits of setting aside time to take a vacation, many of us struggle to disconnect from work. In fact, more than half of employees end the year with unused time off.

This ends up costing employers in more ways than one, such as higher disengagement, turnover, and much more. Beyond the business impact, there are also harmful health effects for individuals. Chronic stress and workaholism lead to burnout.

Luckily, progressive employers are leading a cultural tidal change around taking vacations. Many are implementing policies that encourage people to use PTO so they can tend to their well-being. It’s for good reason: People who take at least one vacation report better health than those who don’t.

These workplace culture changes are important because the human brain isn’t designed to work all the time. It needs what I call mental maintenance, which includes rest, recharging, and reflection. These are necessary to operate at our best. That means you have to intentionally put practices in place to engage your mind in new and different ways. When you do, you not only feel rejuvenated, but it also gets your creative juices flowing. You feel more energized and engaged on a daily basis.

You don’t have to wait for the holidays to roll around to get the many well-being benefits of time off. Here’s why you should embrace a vacation mindset all year long, and how to build daily practices into your work and life for long-lasting results.

How to cultivate a vacation mindset

Think back to your favorite vacation or trip. What made it so special? It’s likely you felt like you had mental white space, which allowed you to think clearly. Maybe it included lots of fun or deeply delightful activities. This sense of ease, engagement, and enjoyment is a vacation mindset at its finest.

Mindfulness expert Leo Babuta describes vacation mindset this way:

“Vacation mind is just [being] present in the current moment. Time is less important. Enjoying yourself is the priority. So, …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

A ‘vacation mindset’ at work can make you happier, healthier, and avoid burnout. Here are 3 easy ways to adopt one.

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