Get into vacation mode- you need it


Why do our bodies and minds need to disconnect from work during vacation time? Our College Nurses Julie Drolet and Julie Gosselin tell us why:

  • To allow our mind to focus on other things and get away from the responsibilities and issues at work (remove work emails from your phone and answer only emergency phone calls)
  • To allow more time to relax physically and mentally
  • To interrupt the cycle of stress and take a break from work stress
  • To have time do the things you like to do
  • To be more flexible in your schedule
  • To be creative, improvise and be spontaneous
  • To enjoy more fun time and minimize household chores
  • To have more time for laughter
  • To spend more time with family and friends
  • To try new hobbies and discover new things
  • To find time for naps or meditation

Hopefully by the end of your vacation you will feel invigorated and you will return to work feeling more energized, motivated, excited, creative and fully engaged at work and in your relationships.

Some “staycation” tips from Kelly Ann Morel of Counselling Services:

  • Be more adventurous in the kitchen
  • Have themed dinners (Caribbean, Thai, Szechuan)
  • Make your own bread and pasta
  • Have a cooking competition: pair up, try new recipes and then rate the recipes
  • Read in the backyard or park
  • Take up photography on your smartphone

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Last Modified: June 16, 2020