Yesterday we discussed picking a physical location to escape to when you need. I mentioned mine is a nice spot in the park down the road from my house. This presents a few problems. One, I live in Wisconsin where is seems to be winter about ten months of the year, and two, if you go to the park and some ‘secret spot’ after dark the police usually have another name for you – suspect. That can be a problem as often in winter and I night I could use a little mini vacation.
The answer to this dilemma is a mental vacation. Note the picture above, this is the place I would like to be on days that end in ‘Y’. Sadly, that is also not always possible until I become the world famous author I am destined to become. While I wait, I shall take mental vacations. If you can go to your location and do this it would be great, but if not here is my suggestion. Find a place where you will be undisturbed (at least from the outside) and begin by getting relaxed. I suggest practicing progressive relaxation. There are plenty of good YouTube videos for this, but basically it means starting from your head or toes and focusing on relaxing one area at a time.
Once you are very relaxed imagine your perfect escape. It can be on the beach, in the mountains or anywhere you please. Imagine the weather you would like. Do you smell the ocean? Maybe wildflowers? Is there anyone with you there or are you alone? Perhaps you can wade in a healing spring? Relax on a soft oversized bed? Maybe you can visualize a healing light flowing through you if that is what you need. Feel free to make it your own. Spend as long as you like there.
I recommend having a way to enter and leave your mental sanctuary. It could be a cave you travel down, a staircase you descend and ascend, whatever works for you. This tends to help you wake up feeling at peace. The great thing about this is that you can take this wherever you go. In the restroom during a hard day at the office. In your car on the side of the road when the commute becomes to stressful. Whenever you need your mental escape it is there.If you like feel free to share your mental vacation spot in the comments below.