From a young age, we are trained to believe summer is the time to pack a bag and get out of town. Whether it was summer camp bunk beds or squishy sand nestled between toes, each of us hold unique memories from our summers. As our lives continue on autopilot, the repetitive day in, day out routine can cause unnecessary stress. How can we find our happy? Let’s start by finding our happy place. It doesn’t have to be a cross-country trip! Find an environment, even if it’s local, that brings you joy.
“We all need to get away from the daily stresses in our lives from time to time. By fully doing so, which includes not bringing work home with you and being unavailable through cell phones and laptops, we are able to re-charge and be better prepared for future stress,” said Larry Kubiak, PhD, Psychologist and Director of Tallahassee Memorial Psychological Services. “A true, relaxing vacation allows us to take “mini-vacations” by closing our eyes and imagining ourselves in that relaxing environment. As long as you don’t over do this, it can provide meaningful stress relief into the future indefinitely.”
We all need to hit the refresh button every once in awhile. By breaking up boredom and finding joy in our own happy places, we give ourselves the opportunity to escape from everyday reality. Whether it’s soaking in the summer sun or quiet time with a good book, lets train our minds to find our own personal happy. Vacation – it’s all you ever wanted but it starts with a mental getaway. To learn how you can find your happy, visit TMH.ORG/FindYourHappy.