This is the time of year when many people go on vacation or “spring break”. Often, vacationers head to the beach, whether it is someplace rather secluded and private or a location that boasts lots of young people more interested in partying than in getting any real relaxation while away from home.
Vacations can be food for the soul. If you are someone who craves time away, try to figure out what it was about your favorite vacation that was so heavenly for you. For me, a beach, pleasant temperatures, good, relaxing companionship, an outing or two and good food is about all it takes. Memories of Jamaica and Puerto Rico flood my senses and I am almost transported back in time.
Then again, I have been happy to stay home at times…working in the garden, reading a wonderful book, perhaps a day trip to someplace close by.
For some, even a few days away from the job is a luxury. What to do if that is your situation? Perhaps taking more time for yourself will help give you a boost until you can afford a few days away from the pressures of the boss. In this particular situation, practicing meditation can be refreshing. And, practicing meditation is free! All you need is a quiet place, a decision to spend the time to focus on something internally and as few external stimulations as possible. Set the timer for 5 minutes at first. Then spend the 5 minutes with your eyes closed, in a seated, laying down or walking position. During this time, notice how your breath moves in and out of your body. Notice when it feels cool or warm. Notice if your belly moves in or out. Then, when the timer sounds, open your eyes and try to notice how you feel.
Perhaps if you did this every day, twice a day, you would begin to notice changes in the way you feel. Over time, extend the length of your meditation. Begin to read about meditation. Is this something you enjoy? Is it helping? Do you find yourself talking to others about it?
If you are someone with addictive behavior, meditation can be helpful in terms of avoiding the use of substances.
If you are someone with a chronic illness, meditation can be helpful in terms of calming the mind and body.
If you are someone who is relatively healthy, meditation can be helpful in terms of focus, memory and stress management.