For three weeks, Wednesday Wellness is hitting the road! Peak Special Program Coordinator Audra Labert writes about maintaining personal wellness while traveling. Catch all 3 weeks, and comment with your own tips and stories from your travels!
Week 2: Making Yourself at Home on the Road
People have commented that the planning before a trip is feels like more work that actually traveling, and I tend to agree. Hopefully, all that effort on the front-end will result in a more carefree vacation. It can be difficult to fully enjoy traveling if there are things ‘hanging’ with work or home, and here a some ways to prevent bringing too many responsibilities with you on the road:
- If you can’t leave work totally behind, commit to a schedule. Obviously, as I write while traveling, there’s a little work involved during the three-week time I’m away from The Peak. Rather than stress about projects throughout each day, I dedicate a certain timeframe during the early mornings for work. I consider whatever I can accomplish during that time to be acceptable, and can then enjoy the rest of the day without worrying about work. I also set a time in the afternoon to check in again, rather than consistently managing work and/or email while trying to enjoy time with family.
- Leave a few good go-to’s behind. Pets, plants, mail or work: Make sure to have a few people around that can get into your house, your mailbox, or your work files to help out if something comes up that you need a hand with from the road.
- Let it go. Releasing control or responsibility can be hard, but people don’t like to be micro-managed- especially from a distance. Trust that you’ve chosen the right people to help cover responsibilities during your absence, and focus on displaying gratitude for their willingness to share the load.
On this 3-week hiatus, I’m in it for the long-haul! Stay tuned for another week of stay-well travel tips, and comment with your own! Be sure to ready last week’s post, “Home on the Road”.