Mental Vacations: The New Way to Travel

Posted July 10, 2013 by Rebecca Niziol in Life After Five

We all crave space. We all need space.

Life can feel suffocating. People crowd us. Fully booked schedules lock us in.  Mental chatter can feel like our own personal prison, keeping us present to all the doubts and worries we don’t want to hear. It’s like an episode of Hoarders, but inside our own heads. We hold onto doubt and worries WAY longer than we need to. Soon there’s no room to imagine, create, and dream.

When you create space, you allow yourself to expand. When you expand, your energy shifts to a place of openness and possibility, and from there things start to flow. What you want starts to manifest.

If you’re in a job rut… offers start to come.
If you’re in a romantic funk… hot men and dates come out of nowhere.
If you’re stressed to the max… the things you no longer need to worry about just fall off the map.
If you’ve been feeling stuck or stagnant, you just need a vacation. You don’t need to book a flight to your favorite destination or shell out a ton of money on a trip to get space in your life.

You can create space right now, wherever you are.

Through meditation you can create a thought sanctuary. We don’t always have the freedom in our jobs or the abundance in our bank account to jet half way across the world. Here’s how you can get instant space and relief with a mental vacation:

  1. Set aside 15 minutes. There’s nothing you need to accomplish during this time, no tasks, no to-dos. Just be present. Free yourself from any distractions (phone silenced, door closed, etc) in order for you to fully enjoy this experience.
  2. Settle into a quiet (and ideally private) environment. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position that allows your body to relax, and then close your eyes.
  3. Breath is one of the easiest ways to give yourself more space. Take 6 slow inhales and exhales. Focus on filling your lungs all the way up, and then empty them all the way out. Be generous with your breath, giving your body some extra oxygen. Feel your muscles relaxing, and your body becoming more at ease.
  4. Give yourself permission to totally unwind and release any worries. Breathe for about 1 minute, acknowledging the thoughts swirling in your mind, and then one by one let them go.
  5. Imagine yourself in paradise (beach, mountains, fluffy white clouds, royal palace, Zen spa… whatever you like!). There are no rules or restrictions for this mental paradise. Begin to see the details all around you. What is the scent of this place? What colors do you see? What sort of view do you have? What are you eating or drinking for pleasure? What can you feel on your skin, under your feet? What is the temperature? What sounds do you hear (music, birds, waves, silence)? Open yourself up to a full sensory experience.
  6. Decide what this mental vacation offers you: relaxation, inspiration, healing, laughter, connection, fun. Now, give yourself the time and space to sit back and enjoy your mental vacation. Spend at least 10 minutes here, 15 minutes ideally.
  7. Before you return from your trip to mental bliss, capture the energy you feel so you can take it back with you. Come back to your mental vacation as often as desired. It is always there for you.

Your thoughts create your reality. Use the power of your mind to create your very own dream vacation in a few minutes. Enjoy. 

About the Author

Rebecca Niziol

Rebecca Niziol, ELI-MP, is many things: a life coach, yoga teacher, dancer, event planner, connection catalyst, and your new best friend. Her mission is to empower others to live the authentic life of their dreams. After years of traveling North America and Europe, she is happy to have found a home and community in Chicago.