Whether you’re swamped with work or overwhelmed with school (second semester senior year of college, anyone??), we all know the feeling – you’ve been working hard and thriving, but you’re starting to feel yourself losing momentum or even hitting a wall. I know I’ve been there, and I’m sure you have too. If you’re a workaholic like many of us, you probably know that one of the most important things to keep in mind is that the occasional break is just as crucial as the work itself. If you’re stuck, tired, or maybe even starting to lose sight of the goals pushing you forward, it’s time to step away for a little while.
Sometimes, a getaway is just the cure! A change of scenery and change of crowd can work wonders for a change of outlook. Even a quick weekend trip can leave you refueled and refreshed, and allow you to return to work or school with fresh eyes.
Last weekend, I started my last spring break at my family’s ski condo in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
It was a much needed break from the stresses of school, and I’m confident that I’ll be returning next week with heightened motivation and a spring in my step. Wondering how you can make the best of your getaway? Read on…
Wherever you decide to go, your getaway partner (or partners) will be a crucial part of your experience. Take time to reflect on the people closest to you, who brings out the best in you, and who has supported you in the past. These are the people who will help you make the best of the experience.
Making plans now of a few things to do and places to go will help you resist any temptations to couch surf all weekend. Of course you should make time to relax, but to really clear your mind, occupy it with new activities. What’s something you’ve never done before but have always wanted to try? Where’s a place that’s been on your bucket list for years but you’ve never gotten to? What’s a challenge you’ve never had the courage to face? This getaway could be the perfect opportunity to open yourself up to new possibilities.
A getaway can be the perfect time to take lessons from the people around us. When you’re not busy with the plans you made, make meaningful conversation. Ask them about themselves, and be as open as you can if they ask about you. Give advice and take advice. Let the conversation take you where it wants to take you. Allow yourself to learn more about them and for them to learn more about you. If you brought someone who has continuously impacted you in a positive way, this can only be a good experience!
It’s only human to go into something with expectations. I know I’m the type of person who needs to have a plan and is most comfortable when I have a good idea of what’s ahead. However, as I’ve learned personally, allowing yourself to become disheartened or feel that the experience is a failure because it hasn’t matched your expectations can ruin that experience pretty quickly. Try your best to go in with as few expectations as possible, and if those expectations aren’t met, go with the flow. It’s all part of the experience.
Once your getaway has come to an end, it’s important to reflect on the experience. What’s something new that you did, and how might it have changed you? What’s one new thing you learned about someone who went with you? What’s something new you hope they learned about you? What did you expect going in? How were your expectations met or defied? What did you learn about yourself? And most importantly, how will you take lessons from this experience in moving forward?
Where will your next getaway be, and how will you make the best of it?
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