Summer of love

“…All across the nation, such a strange vibration
People in motion
There’s a whole generation with a new explanation
People in motion, people in motion…”
(San Francisco, Scott McKenzie)

Forty years ago, there was a global phenomenon going on, later called “the summer of love”. Millions of people shared a view on the world that was characterized by peace, participation and freedom.

It is exactly this spirit that I’d like to use as a background feeling for this short article.

 

You may have just come back from a great summer vacation, with family or friends or just on your own. Having arrived at home you realize that there is a huge amount of work awaiting you and all of a sudden that sweet feeling of relaxation and freedom is gone.

You know it doesn’t have to be like that. I encourage you to try a few of the 5 tips illustrated as follows to deliberately extend that sweet feeling that comes with an enjoyable summer time-out. What you could do is:

  1. Install visual anchors in your daily life that remind you of the great time you had during your vacation. For example, a screen saver with your favorite photos or a framed picture at your working place with a nice snapshot of you at an exotic place could serve as visible anchor that – looking at it – can instantly bring all those wonderful feelings back to you.
  2. Implement short relaxation periods in your daily routine (you may want to call them MWPs – mini wellness periods). Two rules apply: 1. You are totally undisturbed during the MWPs. 2. You do something that is healthy and has a positive impact on your work life balance.
  3. Decrease all parts in your life that are connected with the opposite of relaxation and personal freedom. By downsizing many aspects in your life that you link to “hard work” and activities that drag you down you make it easier for you to enjoy feelings that are similar to what you have experienced during your great summer vacation.
  4. Imagine how great your summer vacation was. Maybe as part of a daily meditation go back in your mind to the places that you liked so much while on vacation. It is a scientific fact that our bodies relate to memories, may they have been good or bad. By conducting a short fantasy trip you deliberately create pleasant feelings within you which further leads to relaxation and inner peace for you.
  5. Plan your next trip. This is what my wife usually does quite soon after one of our vacations. It just gives her a good feeling already knowing where to go the next time and looking forward to it.

As you can see, there is quite a number of things you can do to extend your vacation a little longer, even if already being buried in lots of work.

 

I invite you to comment here on what strategy works for you in terms of conscious initiating relaxation and pleasant feelings within you.

Thanks in advance and
stay relaxed!

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