Recently I said to my sister, “I wish I could just stop the world for awhile and get off.”
That comment stemmed from having just traveled pell-mell from the West Coast to Florida, arriving safe but exhausted and way far behind in my work. I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed and frustrated even as I was delighting in being back with my family once again. Part of feeling overwhelmed was in knowing that I had a lot of work to catch up on but also wanting to spend some time with my folks since I hadn’t seen them all in about a year.
And, further compounding those feelings of overwhelm was that I had a short time to get all that work caught up before heading out on a Caribbean Cruise, knowing full well that when I returned from the cruise, I’d be behind again. (An awful situation to be in, right? )
But, as it turned out, that cruise was the best thing that I could have done. It only took me a couple of days into it to realize that I had gotten my wish: to get off the world for awhile.
It was heavenly to not be distracted by email or the phone and to be cut off from most news. It was so nice with the only decisions I really had to make being where to sit to read a book and what to eat next.
I think that for the first time in my life I was completely and utterly relaxed. For the first time I wasn’t worried about anything. For the first time I got really clear that nothing matters except being with whatever is happening “right now.”
And boy did my brain kick into high gear.
I was thinking more clearly than I ever could at “home.” Ideas were flowing, and all my angst over what to do next with my business suddenly came swimming into focus.
And now, as I write this about three weeks after the cruise, I’ve still got those same feelings of calm, that same knowingness about what is right for me and my business and my life. And that feels very, very good.
Yes, I still have a lot to do. Yes, I’m actually still trying to catch up a bit from having taken that week off but the funny thing is, there has been time for everything that needed to get done, the rest will get done eventually, I’ve had more client work show up than I’ve had in a long time, and everything just feels, well, EASY.
So here’s what I’ve come to realize: I need to take the time every now and again to recharge my batteries; to get off the world for a bit and to relax my brain.
To that end, I’ve already scheduled several one week “vacations from the world at large” once each quarter for the rest of this year. If I find myself feeling overwhelmed and the need to escape from the daily pressures of the world, then I’ll just take a vacation right then, knowing that when I return I will be far more productive and HAPPY than if I simply try to slog through whatever stress is happening at that time.
Yes, I live full-time traveling around in an RV and it would seem to many that I’m on vacation all the time, but the reality is I’m still running a business and managing my life just like all of you are. I’m just a little more mobile than most of you.
So, if you, too, are feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities and you’d like to “get off the world” for a while, and you can’t take off a week and go on a cruise like I did, what CAN you do to separate yourself for awhile from all that is stressing you out? Perhaps a day at a spa, or a library, or at the beach. Maybe just a walk around the block will clear your head when things start to spin out of control.
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