Is a vacation good or bad?

Whenever I’ve been on vacation, I notice something about the way I feel.  Yes, I’m calm and relaxed and I’m having fun, but my body is not in love with the changes.

If you’re like me, vacation mode may not be the best thing. I always try to stick to a routine by bringing workout gear and making sure to move each day.  That helps, but the food and the beverages are not what we’re used to.  Let’s talk about it and I’ll share my experience, which may be yours too.

Vacation Mode is what happens when we go away for a bit, put ourself on autopilot, relax and become a lot more carefree.  When someone is in that mode, they tend to be a little more lax on what they eat and drink and go outside of their normal routine.  Some even forgo their workouts while because they feel they deserve a break.  In the past, I would never care about what I did on vacation because I was in that Mode.  I would eat and drink whatever I wanted, I would not workout because I was on vacation and didn’t think I had to and would just forget all about my sleep.  Doing this over and over again led me to have the hardest time getting back to reality.

I’ve realized that Vacation Mode has it’s good points and it’s bad ones too.  The good points are

  • Knowing you might be able to relax
  • Not having to work for X number of days
  • Having less stress, if any at all
  • Great tasting food and drinks
  • Trying out a new place, or one you love

But vacation mode has its bad points too.

  • Eating too much or food that is too rich
  • Drinking too much
  • Getting less sleep than you normally do
  • You’re not in your own bed
  • Working out may not even be in the agenda

But let’s really answer the question asked earlier.  Is Vacation Mode good or bad?  I think it can go both ways.  I love vacation mode, but I think in order to keep yourself somewhat normal, stay on your routine, eat the same or similar foods that you would at home, drink enough water and go to bed at a decent hour.  But for now, enjoy when you’re in Vacation Mode.

If you need help getting out of Vacation Mode, follow these three tips I have that just might help you unwind and get back to your normal routine quicker than usual.

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