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10 Tips For a Restorative Vacation

10 Tips For a Restorative Vacation

The Art of Vacationing Well

It is vacation season, and you probably have some getaways planned. (I hope.) But if you are of the “rest is for mortals” mindset, you are not alone. Unfortunately, over half of all salaried Americans don’t even come close to using all their vacation time every year. They feel like they are too busy to take time off, or that a vacation is an unnecessary luxury. Of course, those are the lucky ones. Many more Americans toil on day in / day out without any vacation at all out of necessity rather than self-imposed workaholism.

This is an issue. Research consistently shows that working long hours with no breaks or meaningful downtime leads to lower productivity, increased depression and anxiety, and a reduced ability to solve problems well.  It is a recipe for chronic stress and burnout that takes a toll on your work, as well as your personal life. Finding ways to slow down periodically is crucial to your ability to function at your highest and best long term.

But, as we all know, just because you take some time off or get out of town doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to come back feeling rested and restored either. In fact, many people I speak with come back from their “vacations” feeling frazzled, stressed, overspent financially, and exhausted — and then get to enjoy a week or more of playing catch up upon their return.

Not fun.

So on today I’m bringing you ten tips that will help you make the most of your hard earned vacation time — whether you travel to exotic lands or just stick around town.

We’ll be discussing how to:

1) Take time off without feeling guilty about it
2) Use your vacation time intentionally and mindfully
3) Prepare to step out in such a way as to minimize “re-entry stress” upon your return
4) Set boundaries with others (and yourself) so you can relax and be present
5) Learn how to make them positive benefits of your vacation experience last, even after you’re back

And much, much more — all on this episode of the Love, Happiness and Success Podcast.

10 Tips For a Restorative Vacation

by Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby | Love, Happiness & Success

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So You’re Burned Out, What Now? — With Lois Melkonian

So You’re Burned Out, What Now? — With Lois Melkonian

Are you always on the go-go-go? Are you feeling SO tired that no amount of rest seems to refresh you? Is it hard to focus? Have you been feeling numb / irritable / joyless / stressed all at the same time? If so, you may be struggling with burnout.

If that is the case, you are not alone my friend. It’s burnout season — that time of year when everyone seems to be working their butts off, and suffering the mental, physical, and emotional consequences of chronic stress and burnout.

I had the opportunity to talk about how to recover from chronic stress and burnout with Lois Melkonian of Denver’s Fox31 News the other day on her show “Living Through It.” Watch her segment and read her blog post “So You’re Burned Out, What Now?” to lean more about how to recover and start feeling like yourself again:

Lois tackles a new subject every Monday morning at 8:45am on her segment on Good Day Colorado. Catch her on Denver’s Fox31. Also, be sure to check out her blog: Living Through It, which is fantastic. She highlights current social issues, and gives you great advice on how to solve problems and live at a higher level.

For even more specific information on how to recover from chronic stress and burnout, you might also want to check out a recent episode of the Love, Happiness and Success Podcast I devoted to the subject: “How to Deal With Chronic Stress and Burnout.”

Hope it helps!

Lisa Marie

How to Deal With Stress and Burnout

How to Deal With Stress and Burnout

“I’m so stressed!”

Have you ever heard the story about how to boil a frog? (Horrible to think of, I know). If you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump out immediately. But if you put it in a pot and turn up the heat slowly, it will stay. It becomes accustomed to the new reality… until it’s too late.

Becoming burned out is kind of like that — we often don’t even realize how bad it is until we put the pieces together: “Irritable?” Check. “Joyless and Exhausted?” Check. “Constantly On Edge?” Check. “Can’t Sleep?” Uh huh. “Can’t remember a thing?” Yes.

Helloooo burnout.

We toss around phrases like “I’m totally burned out” or “I’m so stressed” easily, glibly, like they are of small consequence. But, as you know if you’ve been coping with chronic stress, it’s kind of a big deal.

“Burning out” is the layperson’s term for the physical, emotional, and cognitive consequences of chronic stress. It can affect everything in your life, from the way you think, to the way you feel physically and emotionally, to your relationships.

Understanding what stress really does to you, and why it’s important to change, can help motivate you to reclaim your life.

This episode of the Love, Happiness and Success Podcast Denver Therapist and Life Coach Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby will teach you what chronic stress and burnout is, whether you might be suffering with it, and most importantly — what to do to help yourself recover from chronic stress and burnout.

You’ll learn not just stress management techniques, but a new way of thinking and taking care of yourself that will help you become  more resilient, more peaceful, and ultimately more effective.

How to Deal With Stress and Burnout: Listen Now