The most common reason for going on a vacation is to rest and relax. But do you know you can enjoy a stress-free vacation where you will acquire more energy than ever? Yes, you can achieve that with the power of meditation. Including daily meditation in your vacation plans can help you fully utilize your retreat.
It’s easy to get stressed out when you’re in unfamiliar surroundings. In the midst of foreign cities, new culture, and in some cases an unfamiliar language, going on a vacation can be a stressful experience. Fortunately, you can slow down when everything seems to be moving too fast. And that’s with the help of meditation.
According to a recent research from the University of California and Harvard Medical School, “vacationers who also meditate while on vacation are less likely to experience stress and depression.”
Here are a few ways meditation can help you achieve a stress-free vacation:
- You’ll experience much better sleep
One of the most crucial benefits of meditating before going to bed during vacations is that you can be sure of a deeper and highly energetic sleep. In fact, meditation can prevent conditions of insomnia.
- Meditation boosts energy
The hustling and buzzing that accompanies vacations, for example, going out to the beach, hiking, and other fun activities can suck up your energies. While some vacationers prefer to recharge their energy from caffeinated drinks (laden with sugar), meditation is a good way to combat the stress.
In the midst of daily busy schedules, set aside 10-20 minutes a day to meditate. It can help strengthen you to face the stress and challenges of the day. Once you start meditating, your body will powerfully replenish the energy lost from the daily activities.
- You’ll balance up perfectly
Another important reason you need to meditate on your vacation is to attain a level of balance. By balance, we mean an emotional and mental balance. A regular meditation stabilizes your mind, helps it becomes disciplined while you take charge of your emotions.
You’ll be totally free from getting controlled by your thoughts and emotions. You’ll rule over your vacation events and activities.
- You’ll be able to retain more vacation memory
Meditation allows you to focus and become more aware of what’s happening around you because your mind no longer wanders around. It calms the brain and greatly improves your memory. You’ll be able to recall important events or experiences even long after your vacay is over.
- Improved experiences
Many people ignore the power of meditation because they feel they don’t have time, most especially during vacation. But, here is a secret; meditation is not an independent activity. In fact, you can combine meditation with activities like sitting on the beach. This is a good time to plug in the headphone and practice a good meditation exercise.
Alternatively, you can mindfully connect with your environment by watching the waves crashes into the water.
- Enhances Mindful Eating
We have been there; you’re enjoying your vacation, eating the pizza while sipping the cold Red Bull with the tandoori paneer rolls and a Dr. Bubbles tea on the table. It’s great fun eating different kinds of foods on vacation. But eating too much of them on your vacation can be unhealthy. That’s where you need meditation. According to research, meditation can rewire the section of the brain associated with self-control. Mindful eating meditation can help you control your food choices and amount.
Conclusively, vacations can be sometimes hectic, but meditation can help fight stress. Remaining mindful can help you relax, calm down, and enjoy your vacation.
Sheryl Kraft is a freelance health writer and breast cancer survivor, born in Long Beach, New York.