Vacations do have to end but you can bring their stress relief back with you in a variety of ways. If you do, you will be able to easily recall your relaxing vacation feelings. Then, when you are stressed, you can get some much-needed stress relief.
While you are on vacation, spend some time relaxing in a calm and tranquil place. This can be an immediate source of stress relief, but it can also be used as a source of rapid relief when you return to home and work.
Here are four ways to capture your vacation relaxation and bring it home with you for year-round stress relief:
<b>Connect a Cue Word</b> While you are relaxing in that serene place, repeat a cue word such as “beach” or “sunset” or “relax.” Let the word echo and reverberate in the back of your mind. Allow it to become associated and connected with your deep state of relaxation. When you return from your vacation, use your cue word whenever you want to enjoy an “instant replay” of your relaxing experience.
<b>Picture It</b> Take a photograph where you are relaxing on vacation. You can use your cell phone or a camera, but you also can intentionally take a picture in your mind’s eye. Focus on the scene and soak it in. When you return from your vacation, put the picture you took onto your computer and mobile devices for easy retrieval wherever you want to relax and whenever you are under stress. If you are want to get to sleep, use the picture you stored in your mind’s eye to calm your mind and relax your body.
<b>Capture the Sounds</b> While you are relaxing in that special place on vacation, take note of the sounds around you or record them on your cell phone. When you return home, download the recording or similar sounds from the internet onto your computer and mobile devices for easy retrieval whenever you want some soundtrack stress relief. The soundtrack can also be used to help you fall asleep faster.
<b>Use a Combo</b> When you return home, combine all three of the sensory experiences you stored by saying the cue word, visualizing the scene or looking at the picture, and listening to the sounds in your mind or from a recording. Some people find it more effective to combine the cue word with just the picture or just the soundtrack. If you don’t have the photo or you don’t have a recording available, just combine what you have with your cue word.
Copyright © 2018 by Ronald G. Nathan, Ph.D.