3 small tweaks that help you recharge during your time off, according to mental health experts – CNBC

3 small tweaks that help you recharge during your time off, according to mental health experts – CNBC

Sometimes it feels like you need a vacation from your vacation.

But no matter how much of a blur your holiday feels like, or how big of a to-do list you have to return to, there are small changes you can make in your vacation routine to actually recharge and go back to work happier.

“It’s hard to rest in an environment where you’re worrying about how much you need to do,” says Emily Ballesteros, a burnout management coach in Seattle. “But you can hold your job at an arm’s length.”

Here, experts share their best tips for prioritizing self-care and maximizing your time off.

Maintain, rest and refill

To maximize your time off, focus on three things, according to Ballesteros: maintenance, rest and refill.

Maintenance means getting your chores done. By cleaning your space, buying groceries, organizing your finances and accomplishing other responsibilities, you’re taking care of yourself, says Ballestero. And things being in order when the vacation is over will help you return to work with less stress.

Rest means making time for low-energy, relaxing activities such as reading, watching TV or taking a walk so that your body can physically recharge. Multiple studies have shown that such relaxation techniques can lower your blood pressure, improve digestion and slow your heart rate, among other health benefits.

Refill, Ballesteros’s final recommendation, refers to the “fun activities that make up the meaning of life,” like hanging out with friends, traveling or spending time on a new hobby. Fulfilling activities help deepen your relationships and create happy memories, Ballesteros says, both of which are good for your mental health.

Most people will spend their downtime only doing one or two of these activities, like spending the entire day out with friends or cleaning the attic, says Ballesteros.

“By the end of the weekend, their home might be really well-kept, but they haven’t rested at all. Or they spent a lot of time traveling, but they have no groceries or clean clothes,” she says. You have to address all three areas” to feel more balanced when you return to work.

“There are so many unpredictable, moving pieces in our lives,” Ballesteros says. “But organizing your time off around these three areas can help you prioritize the things that make you feel taken care of.”

Limit technology

If your vacation is over and you are surprised at how little of what you meant to accomplish got done, you might want to check your screen time. Most people don’t realize how much time our phones can steal from us, Ballesteros says, but scrolling through TikTok or binging Netflix can quickly eat up three hours of your afternoon.

Instead, when you’re on vacation, make it a point to shut your phone off for a few hours or at least leave it in a different room.

Then focus on other activities, whether it’s folding laundry, reading a book or going for a walk.

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Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/24/the-best-ways-to-recharge-during-your-time-off-according-to-experts.html

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