Ah, summer vacation. It’s a time to sit back, relax, and take a break. All too often, it seems like Americans don’t know the meaning of unplugging from work and social media; they’re faced with the dilemma of either enjoying a few days or weeks off from work or staying chained to their email, work phone, Facebook, etc. Instead of soaking in the summertime, they’re fully immersed in the world that they thought they left behind.
Here are a few tips to really unplug during your well-earned vacation, whether it’s an exotic escapade or a weekend staycation:
- Disable your work email - While it may seem like your company will fall apart without you, chances are that it won’t. Have a little faith in the colleagues that you left behind; they’ll manage without you. If you have to, give one or two trusted people your personal email address for emergencies. But otherwise, it can wait.
- Turn off your phone - Of course, no one expects you to throw your cell phone in a lake before you leave, but you can limit your interactions with the world back home. Try to limit use of your phone. Not only will this allow you to enjoy wherever you are, but your family or travelling companions will appreciate the extra attention.
- Stay off of Facebook - There’s nothing wrong with checking social media every once in a while, but there comes a point when it’s time to stop interacting with Facebook friends and spend time with the friends and family surrounding you. Don’t be so worried about posting the perfect picture that you forget to enjoy the scenery yourself.
- Relax - Every day brings new stress and responsibilities, a long to-do list and people counting on you. Vacation offers you the opportunity to ignore all of this for a short time. Believe it or not, that project presentation for work can wait until next week. For now, it’s time to relax.
Remember to take a moment to enjoy your time off, however long you have. You’ve earned it.