Balazs and I have this ongoing conversation about being fully present in the moment. Whenever we take a few days off to travel or simply treat ourselves to a little staycation, I tend to feel guilty for not being fully relaxed - if that makes sense. Also, it seems that many people I talk to tend to say that when they take a week off for a vacation, they fall into "the 7 day trap" - 3 days of being impatient and trying to relax, 2 days of actually being relaxed and 2 days of dreading going back to the 'normal schedule'. Even last week, when my friend Saki was here visiting, I noticed that both of us were constantly checking our work mail instead of enjoying the sunshine. She even said that the worse part about taking the time off is going back to over 2000 unread emails.
So when last night Balazs sent me Matt's article, it totally hit the spot. The thing that stuck with me is when Matt wrote: "Sometimes with breaks, less can feel like more. Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, seem more relaxing than a full week’s vacation. Why? It helps that on national holidays we are often getting a free day along with a lot of other people we work with. Less guilt. Less anxiety. But we also tend not to prepare for three days off with the same manic intensity as we do when preparing for a week off."
It seems spot on, doesn’t it? Many of us feel left out of the busyness while we are away and our brain can’t process that. Also, there is always the feeling of what did I forget to do, isn’t there?
It’s a great read over a cuppa but in the meantime, I‘d love to ask your thoughts on the subject. Are we really too busy nowadays to fully relax? How do you switch off while on vacation or during the weekend? Do you find it hard? Do you check work emails or catch up on work stuff during your time off? xo
P.S: Also, a few little moments!
(Photos via Blissful, These Tings Take Time)