Sarah Coleman: How to channel your inner vacation vibe
For Steamboat Pilot & Today
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Here you are all fresh and rested back from a enjoyable spring trip or a few days off and, bam, to-do lists, conference calls, meetings, appointments and schedules start to cramp your cool vacation vibe. Not you, not this time.
Here are a few tips to help turn off, reset and channel some chill vacation vibes during a hectic day, week or month. Just a few minutes each day to remind you of a well-rested state.
• Turn off your phone during mealtime. I mean really, how long does it take you to eat anyway? Simply press silent and enjoy a few moments device free and in the moment for your meal. Take off your shoes. Do it right now. You will feel an incredible instant sense of grounding and peace. Go ahead and wiggle your toes while you are at it.
• Close your eyes. Count to 10, visualize a happy place, let the calm in and realize that you are in complete control of your environment. I think this is called daydreaming.
• Eat a mango. Seriously, eat a mango or any fruit of your desire. Get a quick healthy sugar spike, and let it get a little messy. You can get back to work and life in a minute. Savor each bite.
• Inhale a vacation scent. My mother taught me this one. Next time you are out of town buy something that will remind you of your trip. A candle, a perfume, lotion, a fun chapstick. Now, back at home, inhale, and you will have a quick mental getaway.
• Look at the sun. Close your eyes for three short minutes and just take in the warmth of the sun. Get a good dose of vitamin D, enhance your mood and feel ready for your next challenge in a matter of minutes.
• Rub your hands. Try this with your hands, your feet or your temples. Give yourself a one-minute massage to relieve stress and pressure. You won’t regret this one.
• Dance, walk or move. Get up and move around. Set your timer for five to eight minutes and go crazy. You will feel revitalized in a matter of minutes. Get the blood and oxygen flowing. Now, back to work or play.
Bonus: When in doubt, start planning your next escape. Giving yourself something to look forward to always helps get the creative juices flowing. Or do some burpees.
Sarah Coleman is a wellness coach at The Foundry, a personal trainer, CrossFitter and coach at Steamboat CrossFit, food connoisseur at Bitchin Kitchin and outdoor enthusiast everywhere.
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