Why an unplugged vacation is essential
“What’s my homework while I’m on vacation?”
This was a question my client asked during our coaching session. She was a week away from boarding a flight, headed toward sunshine, beach and warmth.
In the back of my mind, I was thinking about how hard she’d been working, and I was excited for her to unwind on her 10-day vacation.
It was clear something was standing in the way of her fully unplugging and relaxing.
And I knew that until we addressed it, work, guilt and distractions would accompany her on the trip. Here is why an unplugged vacation IS essential.
Think back to the last time you went on holiday …
=> Did you bring work with you?
=> Have you glanced at your email and respond to a few?
=> Did you attend a “quick” meeting?
If yes to any or all of the above, it’s natural.
As an entrepreneur who’s passionate about your work, it can be hard to disconnect.
And it’s no wonder.
Like many leaders running their own business, you’ve been led to believe your success is built on the foundation of hard work, determination, and a never-ending to-do list.
Stepping away from it all never felt like an option.
Let me ask you … How true is that?
What if I told you that taking an unplugged holiday is one of the best investments you can make for your business and your well-being?
Studies show a direct correlation between travel and decreased rates of depression and increased rates of energy.
You see, breaking away from the rhythm and responsibilities of working isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.
Yet unplugging still feels impossible because of …
=> FOMO (fear of missing out)
=> Feeding your inner need for complete control
=> Fear that things will crumble if you’re not accessible
=> Instant gratification that comes with likes, comments and emojis
=> Being constantly connected has become a habit/ (dare/addiction)
Which of the above reasons sounds like you?
Let’s go deeper and to find out WHY you’re pulled toward work while relaxation awaits.
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
=> Who am I being when I’m distracted by work during my holiday?
=> What’s the worst thing that could happen if I unplugged from work during my holiday?
=> Why does work feel more important than rest?
That’s what my client did in our coaching session.
Once she uncovered the real reasons WHY she wanted to work during her vacation, it was easier to release its grip.
She realized what she truly wanted (and needed) from this vacation was beyond her laptop.
It was within the sandcastles she’d build, the delicious meals she’d enjoy, the sunsets she’d watch.
And she knew that when she returned to her desk, her creativity, motivation and productivity would soar. Now she knew why an unplugged vacation is essential.
As I prepare for my upcoming holiday, I’m inspired by her wisdom and courage.
My intention is to pass this inspiration on to you, so you can see the possibility of unplugging without guilt or fear.
Your business and your well-BEING, will thank you!
P.S. If you’ve dreamed of unplugging during vacation, or even during the evenings and weekends, yet it feels unattainable, I can help. This is what I empower my clients to do every day. We create a way of working that lights them up rather than burns them out. If you’d like to explore what this could look like for you, click the button below and let’s chat.