Holidays – A Great Time for Mental Resets
4 months ago by André Giæver
For my part, holidays serve a specific and intentional purpose – a complete and mental reset. Only good vibes are allowed.
I recently came back from two weeks in Thailand with my wife and daughter. Thailand has been the ultimate sanctuary for my wife and me for over a decade. And for good reason.
We could all benefit from being a bit more Thai.
What makes Thailand so special for us is a combination of several things. On one hand, living in Norway makes the contrast and sheer distance like traveling to another world entirely. The climate, the Thai way of living and the distance make all the more or less pressing matters at home almost like a distant dream.
Another thing that makes Thailand so compelling is the beautiful scenery and exquisite cuisine. So much so, in fact, that you’re in a constant state of bliss. On top of that, life seems to move in slow motion, making it insanely difficult to remain stressed. Problems related to home or work may linger at the back of your head for a while. Then you rapidly stop to care and soon enough you’re left with only bliss and gratefulness. We could all benefit from being a bit more Thai.
Mental resets without force
What makes traveling to distant places so unique is that it lets mental resets come effortlessly. Contrary to transitional resets or deliberate resets you may practice on a daily basis, the complete mental resets induced by a relaxing holiday takes you to a deep level of peace.
You can’t keep on doing the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome.
I’m not saying that you need to travel around the world to experience this. A cabin in the woods would suffice for most. It’s more down to breaking your common patterns. That is, your smartphone usage in particular. There’s nothing more mentally invasive than that. You can’t keep on doing the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome.
Also, what you choose to do with your time is of the essence. We’re all too familiar with rushing from one thing to another. Coming to the realization that time should not be used as a measurement, but rather as a state is really important when you’re on holiday. It keeps you in the present, enabling you to cherish the moment.
Avoiding the climax
Returning home after a great holiday can sometimes be hard. You’re leaving these comfortable and relaxed settings and returning to what you expect to be the same time mess your some weeks ago left behind. The greater the contrast, the greater the climax becomes. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
I promised myself to don’t give a fuck.
When we returned, no more than a week ago, I promised myself something. I promised to don’t give a fuck. Even if hell froze over and pigs grew wings would I give in to the mental stress I left behind in 2019. This year won’t have it.
I know, this is easier said than done. But think of it this way. If you’ve just had a great holiday and you’ve just when through a complete mental reset. What better time to use this newfound clarity to make a deliberate and positive change?
Respond as if you were still in holiday bliss
Moving forward challenges and hardships are inevitable, but instead of reverting to your old reactive patterns, take a breath, and respond as if you were still in holiday bliss. The cemetery is filled with invaluable people, yet the world is still turning.
Practice using phrases like “No worries”, No problem” or just plain “no”. I realize that this is not applicable to all situations, but there’s a heck of a lot of situations we should apply this, but don’t realize we can.
I love to hear your thoughts on how you mentally reset how you work to keep the bliss long-lasting!
Published by André Giæver
I'm just a curious and generally positive guy that has a huge appetite for life and a deep passion for simplicity and optimization. This blog and site is my way of paying my knowledge forward so that we all can live fulfilling lives.