Just Breathe! It’s finally vacation time!
Sometimes it’s really not that easy, is it?
We get so excited to unplug but are we really unplugging and getting the mental rest we need?
Here are some things to consider when you are planning a trip to unwind.
1. Where are you going?
Where are you going to feel most rested?
Are the mountains are a place of peace for you or do you prefer the beach? If you choose a place that will be boring to you, you may end up on your phone, answering emails, or on social media.
2. Who are you going with?
Sometimes it’s not where you go, but who you are with? Family or friend vacations can be fun but let’s face it… some people can drain us and bring out anxiety or stress in our minds. In order to find peace, we need to surround ourselves with the right people!
3. To unplug or not to unplug?
We ALL could use some time to disconnect from digital technology.
Having twenty-four-seven access to news and social media at our fingertips does have a downside. Our minds are always racing, and then there’s FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
To really disconnect, we need to put boundaries in place so we can refresh our minds.
We can put our phone on airplane mode or turn off all notifications, especially work-related ones. Or maybe leave your phone in your hotel room for the day. You may feel awkward or uneasy at first, but you will find that it feels really free and relaxing later.
I am currently on vacation, so I planned my social media posts and blogs ahead of time and scheduled them so they were done!
4. What should you do?
It’s always great to have some fun! What do you like to do? Boating, swimming, skiing, hiking?
But we also need to find time to actually rest!
The rest we can find in the Lord is so much better than anything else we can do on vacation.
“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. 29 Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. 30 My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
I will strengthen the weary and renew those who are weak. Jeremiah 31:25
With God, our rest can be more than a temporary break.
It can bring honor and glory to Him as we set aside time to remember that He is in control, that we can trust Him with all of the details of our lives, and give thanks to Him for all He has done and is doing in our lives.
In our busy lives, we can sometimes lose sight of why we do what we do. It can become all about us… If we want to rest biblically and truly be refreshed to live by God’s Word for God’s glory, we need to take the spotlight off ourselves and shine it on Him.
Israel had to stop what they were doing and wait upon the Lord in obedience each Sabbath. By doing this, they affirmed that God is first, and God is to be trusted. The work can wait.
We can do the same by pausing to worship and admit that we can’t do it all. We humble ourselves, drop our pride and our self-sufficiency and seek Him.
5. Have a re-entry plan
If you are constantly thinking of what you will “go back” to after vacation, you will never actually rest.
Before you leave for vacation, make sure tasks and loose ends are done to avoid nagging thoughts.
You might also want to give yourself time to get back into the swing of things. Maybe come back from vacation a couple of days early to prepare your mind. Just knowing that you have a couple of days before going back to work can put your mind at ease.
Let me know if you try these tips, and I hope you can find some rest and refreshment this summer!