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Pack Up Your Troubles July 9, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness, Nature.

Stressed out?

Need a vacation?

Can’t afford to “get away from it all” right now?

No worries, mate!

Pack up your troubles in that old kit bag” and enjoy a stay~cation!

Worries, cares, and unruly emotions add to the daily stress in our lives.  We can give ourselves a much-needed break (without breaking the bank) by maintaining present moment awareness.

We may not be able to “get away,” but we can set our troubles aside for a time by reminding ourselves to let go of the past, stop worrying about the future, and focus on the here and now.

When we immerse ourselves in things we enjoy so much that the world stands still, we’ve given ourselves a relaxing and rejuvenating stay-cation.

A few techniques:

Creative visualization * Meditation * Playing the Piano * Listening to Music * Dancing (like no one’s watching) * Painting * Playing with a child * Laughing * Reading a good book * Taking a Nature Walk * Cooking a favorite meal * Focusing on  sights and sounds and aromas

Anything that absorbs us fully in the task at hand can give us a much needed break from thoughts which are not “advancing the ball.”

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?

When do you feel most “in the moment” (rather than lost in thought)?

Related Posts: The Zen of Cooking * Meditation 101 * Silence the Inner Critic * Find a HobbyCreative Visualization

Artwork by Marlane Wurzbach ~ available at Marlane Wurzbach.com.


1. CMSmith - July 9, 2011

Thanks for the suggestions. All good.

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

I love it when I get lost in the moment and the world falls away.

Aah . . . that’s better! 😀

2. kateshrewsday - July 9, 2011

“Anything that absorbs us fully in the task at hand can give us a much needed break from thoughts which are not “advancing the ball.”
I’m going to tattoo that one on my forehead. What a truly constructive piece of thinking, Nancy, thanks….

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

Yay! But a word of advice . . . over time, I’ve learned NOT to tattoo the middle of my forehead because I see the tattoo only when looking in the mirror and it’s backwards.

The really important stuff now gets tattooed on my forearm instead of my forehead. 😎

3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - July 9, 2011

Does the Harry Potter marathon we have planned for the weekend count as a staycation? It better we’re not spending anymore time than necessary outside!

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

A movie marathon makes a wonderful STAY~cation. Especially with cooks like you and your wife creating delicious movie munching snacks!

Too bad you don’t have a House Elf to wait on you:
Butter Beer, sir?

4. adeeyoyo - July 9, 2011

If I waited to be able to go on vacation, I would wait forever. I ‘give’ myself a vacation every now and then by allowing a couple of chore-free days of doing whatever I like only, be it a hobby or just plain nothng. 😆

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

As soon as I start to feel “frazzled” or worn down by life’s less savory events, I find some way to recharge my batteries.

Aah . . . that’s better!

5. Maggie - July 9, 2011

For me, playing with little kids is the best way to keep my mind off the troubles of the adult world.

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

Same here! There is nothing like being around chilldren to get a dose of “present moment awareness.” 😀

6. hugmamma - July 9, 2011

Aging helps me live in the moment for sure. Am appreciative of the little things…the little movements…the little occurrences. They give me the biggest joy. And as for down time? I make sure I give myself a break…often…physically…and mentally. I’m only human after all. Gave up trying to be superwoman…

a long, long time ago…hugmamma. 😉

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

Wonderful points, hugmamma.

We do push ourselves too hard at time . . . as if LIFE is something to be endured rather than enjoyed. Stopping along the way to smell the roses makes LIFE more palatable. 😀

7. barb19 - July 9, 2011

When I listen to tourists talk about the area where I live being a little paradise, I see it through new eyes and realize how fortunate I am to call this place home. So I take a walk along our pristine beach absorbing all the beauty around me and I feel like Ii’m on vacation – a stay-cation, maintaining present moment awareness!

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

That sounds like a terrific stay-cation. Nothing like getting out in nature to get us out of our heads. 😀

8. ElizOF - July 10, 2011

I will be taking a stay-cation soon… long overdue. Mine will be of the one eye shut and one eye open kind. 🙂

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

Oh, enjoy! 🙄

9. earlybird - July 10, 2011

I’m much better at ‘living the moment’ (rather than in the future or the past) than I used to be.I found one helpful thing to start with was to use a pencil for my diary – that way I could rub things out, nothing was immutably ‘fixed’ ahead, it could all be changed! Now I use a computer and there’s no trace whatsoever if I change my mind. It’s being ‘conscious’ that’s so important – switching off auto-pilot.

nrhatch - July 11, 2011

I do the same thing on my weekly planner . . . pencil things in and erase as necessary. 😀

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