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Making the Most of Summer Break: 10 Tips for Restorative Disconnection

Summer is the perfect time to step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and take a well-deserved break. However, truly disconnecting can be challenging in our always-connected world. (I know I am guilty of struggling with this.)


Rocks balancing on a log outdoors

Here are some practical tips to help you fully unwind and recharge during your summer vacation.


1. Set Boundaries with Technology

Before your vacation begins, inform colleagues and clients that you’ll be unavailable. Set an out-of-office reply to manage expectations and give yourself permission to unplug. If you must stay in contact, consider setting specific times to check your phone or emails and stick to those windows.


Side note: If you struggle with notification overload in general, check out our blog post where our co-founder, Elise Oras, gives tips and tricks for reducing it.


2. Create Tech-Free Zones

Designate areas or times in your day during which technology is off-limits. This could be during meals, while exploring new places, or when you’re relaxing by the pool. This helps reduce the temptation to check your devices constantly. 


One of my personal favorite tech-free zones is my morning walks. These walks are my time to reflect, enjoy the fresh air, and start the day on a calm note.


3. Use Apps to Limit Screen Time

While technology often contributes to our stress, it can also be a valuable tool for relaxation and unwinding if used correctly! There are several apps designed to help you manage and reduce screen time. Apps like Forest and BePresent can help you stay focused on the now by encouraging breaks from your phone.


4. Practice Mindful Breathing

Taking a few minutes each day to focus on your breath can significantly reduce stress. Find a quiet spot, sit comfortably, and inhale deeply through your nose, exhaling slowly through your mouth. Repeat this for a few minutes to center yourself. 


My favorite app for this accessible sort of meditation is called Insight Timer. They have a meditation for everything


5. Embrace Nature

Spending time in nature has numerous benefits for mental health. Whether it’s a hike, a beach day, or simply a walk in the park, immersing yourself in the natural world can be incredibly rejuvenating.


6. Read a Good Book or Listen to a Audiobook

Escape into a different world through a novel or get inspired by a non-fiction book. Reading can be a great way to relax and take your mind off work-related stress. If reading is not your speed, listen to a audiobook! There are countless options, from storytelling to self-improvement, that can help you unwind and learn something new.


7. Explore New Hobbies

Use your vacation as an opportunity to try something new. Whether it’s cooking, painting, gardening, or learning a sport, engaging in new activities can be both exciting and refreshing. 


I recently did a cooking class in Sicily, Italy—shoutout to Chef Mimmo! While it was out of my comfort zone, it was so much fun and now I am obsessed with making pesto Trapanese.


8. Connect with Loved Ones

Spend quality time with family and friends. Plan activities that allow you to bond and create lasting memories. Shared experiences can be fulfilling and help strengthen your relationships.


9. Indulge in Self-Care

Prioritize activities that promote relaxation and self-care, such as taking a long bath, getting a massage, or practicing yoga. This can help you feel more grounded and refreshed. 


Need a yoga YouTuber? Try Yoga with Adriene. She is my go-to and has beginner videos.


10. Savor Simple Pleasures

Sometimes, the simplest activities can be the most rewarding. Enjoy a sunset, savor your morning coffee, or take a leisurely stroll. Appreciate these moments of tranquility and simplicity. Trust me, you’ll wish you had when you're back in office!


By setting boundaries with technology, engaging in mindfulness practices, and immersing yourself in enjoyable activities, you can make the most of your summer break and return to your routine feeling truly refreshed and recharged. Happy unwinding!

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