Sometimes life can really weigh you down. Pressures from work can leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, but even everyday life can press in and leave you feeling like there’s no escape.
If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed lately, a mental health vacation might be just what the doctor ordered.
What is a mental health vacation?
A mental health vacation takes you away from work and other stressors in your life for a brief time. You can disconnect from the daily grind and take a few days away from anything work-related.
While a vacation of any kind is intended to allow you time to refresh, unwind, and relax, a mental health vacation focuses on your brain and mental well-being. You can decompress and engage in activities that calm your mind.
The benefits are incredible.
What are the benefits of taking a mental health vacation?
Studies have shown that people who take some time away from their job now and then tend to experience physical as well as psychological benefits. These can include:
- Your stress gets reduced
- Your productivity is boosted
- Your mood is more positive
- Your sleep is better
- You can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke
- It can decrease depression
- It helps to increase your productivity.
- Improve your overall wellbeing
- Make personal connections face to face
With all these benefits it’s easy to see why a mental health vacation is a popular option for those who want to feel better.
How do you take a mental health vacation?
The great thing about a mental health vacation is that you don’t really have to go anywhere. There are several possible options. In fact, you can do some of the “mini vacations” wherever you happen to be sitting.
- Close your eyes and think about a place that relaxes you. Picture the sensory experience and let your brain fill in the rest.
- Find a park or nature trail and spend some time there.
- Spend time with your pet. Studies show that petting your dog or cat can have a positive impact on your health and stress level.
- Take an exercise class.
- Eat at a restaurant alone.
- Get a massage.
- Practice focused breathing and relaxation exercises.
- Turn off all electronic devices. That means no screen time.
- Connect with another human being.
- Find fun activities that you enjoy.
Anywhere that you can take a break and relax a little can be your own private mental health vacation. Even just sitting at your desk for a few minutes, eyes closed, headphones on, and some deep breathing can be just the break that you need.
How Neurofeedback Can Help Bring Your Mental Health Back in Balance
Neurofeedback will not only help you destress in the moment but also will help create new neural pathways for improved brain health moving forward. This can reduce the need for as many mental health vacations in the future.
If you struggle with symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADHD, or other issues related to mental health, then neurofeedback may be just what you need to regulate your brainwaves and bring your mental health back in balance.
*Sandstone Center for Neurofeedback does not diagnose medical conditions. Sandstone Center for Neurofeedback is a nonmedical, medication-free program for children and adults who struggle with symptoms related to mental health.