Several weeks ago I started feeling mentally exhausted…
Each work day was just as intense as the day before and it wasn’t letting up. I’m not really the vacationing type, I love what I do so I don’t consider it “work”. I have the great fortune that I get to work with my brother and an awesome team at BrightGauge.
But over the last few months I’ve been running pretty hard, starting my days before 5:00am and working 12 – 14 hour days and usually a few hours on the weekend as well. My morning walks were a big help but I knew I needed to do more.
Why We Need To Mentally Recharge
A stay-cation is something I’ve been doing with my wife once or twice a year for the last several years and it’s been extremely helpful, I wrote about one a few years ago here. This time I did it a little different and disconnected from work. During the 48 hours I was at the hotel I never once took out my laptop, and really I didn’t even use my iPad. I relied on my iPhone 6 for the weekend and most of the time I was either listening to an audiobook or just to some calming music with this view:
The mental break from disconnecting from the office and the day to day grind was invigorating for me. And the break didn’t have to be a long vacation, as much as I would love to take 10 days off the reality is that’s not possible right now so by taking advantage of the time I had I was able to maximize it and come back totally refreshed.
A Few Tips On A Stay-cation
Location Is Key – I’m fortunate to live in Miami so I’m fortunate to be able to do a stay-cation on the beach but that’s not for everyone. Some people love the mountains, some people love the snow. Whatever your pleasure, find a location that brings you peace and you can truly relax.
Maximize Your Time – Since we only had 48 hours we picked somewhere local but we’ve done similar trips around the US like Chicago, New York, Charleston, and even Minneapolis. The key is to make the most of your time and if you don’t have a lot of time, don’t waste it with traveling too far.
You Have To Disconnect – This doesn’t really work if you’re still responding to emails and taking phone calls. You don’t necessarily have to completely disconnect from the world but just be cautious with how much connectivity you do have.
I’m happy to report that I came back from my stay-cation totally relaxed and ready to get back to work. So until the next trip (currently scheduled for July) it’s back to the GRIND!