While I’ve been on vacation, I’ve noticed something about the way I feel. Yes, I’m calm and relaxed and I’m having fun, but my body is not in love with Island Time. Let’s just say, my stomach has been in knots for two days now. I’ve been trying to figure out if I hate something that didn’t agree with me or if I drank something I wasn’t in love with, and I think I figured it out. But even if I did, I wouldn’t be able to make myself well again instantaneously. And this whole thought got me thinking…
Is Vacation Mode really the best thing for our bodies?
For me, it’s not. I tried to stick to my routine by bringing my workout gear and going for a run. That helped, but the food I’ve been eating and the beverages I’ve been having are not what I’m used to. Good food, don’t get me wrong, but not what I eat on a daily basis. So let’s talk about Vacation Mode and I’ll share my experience, which may be yours too.
Vacation Mode is what happens when we go on vacation, put ourself on autopilot, relax and become a lot more carefree. When someone is in vacation mode, they tend to be a little more lax on what they eat and drink and go outside of their normal routine. Some even forgo their workouts while they are in Vacation Mode because they feel they deserve a break. All of these statements above include myself, to a certain extent. In the past, I would never care about what I did on vacation because I was in Vacation Mode. I would eat and drink whatever I wanted, I would not workout because I was on vacation and didn’t think I had to and would just forget all about my sleep. Doing this over and over again led me to have the hardest time getting out of Vacation Mode when I got back to reality.
Now, after having my stomach in knots for two days now, I’ve realized that Vacation Mode has it’s good points and it’s bad ones too. The good points include:
- Knowing you might be able to relax
- No work for X number of days
- Less stress, if any at all
- Great tasting food and drinks
- Trying out a new place, or one you love
But Vacation Mode for has bad points too:
- Eating too much or food that is too rich
- Drinking too much
- Getting less sleep than you normally do
- You’re not in your own bed
- Working out may not even be in the agenda
Now, I’m sure you can name other pros and cons for Vacation Mode. I’d love to see your pros and cons in the comments below. But let’s really answer the question asked earlier. Is Vacation Mode good or bad? I think it can go both ways. I love vacation mode, but I think in order to keep myself somewhat normal, I need to workout regularly, I need to eat the same or similar foods that I would at home and I need to make sure I’m drinking enough water and going to bed at a decent time. But for now, I’m still going to enjoy when I’m in Vacation Mode and slowly but surely work toward a life I don’t have to take a vacation from. Even better, right?
If you need help getting out of Vacation Mode, follow these three tips I have that just might help you unwind and get back to your normal routine quicker than usual.