When the body screams for rest, do you listen to it?
Busy months. They seem to creep up unexpectedly. My summers are normally full of travel, but this year saw me hanging around Philly for most of it. After staying put for a minute, I forgot that a touring life can become hectic. Fun, but damn — it’s tiring. I booked that Costa Rica vacation pretty last-minute, and didn’t realize that I’d allotted myself only two days at home before jetting out to Austin for ACL. Although vacation is by definition a time to relax and recharge, sometimes it can feel like just the opposite. Stepping away from a normal routine carries an underlying shock effect.
I try to pack in as much as possible. If I catch myself watching TV, or lounging inside the hotel or house for too long, it’s time wasted that could be better spent experiencing new surroundings. Maybe it’s just a bad case of FOMO, but I have a hard time when it comes to shutting off and getting rest. I’m the type who likes to be on the go and in the presence of others. It’s in my nature to always be “doing”, but my fault is that I don’t listen to my body when it’s warning me that i’m overdoing it.
When I woke up to make a 5am flight to Austin last week, I had well passed the warning signs. The combination of 8 days in Costa Rica, lack of sleep, being overworked and stress made me feel so disconnected from time and reality. I so looked forward to being forced to sit on that airplane and catch a bit of sleep. TIP: Always score a window seat if you’re trying to get some rest. Bundle up a jacket and wedge it between your head and the side of the plane for the closest thing you’ll have available to a bed. It’s not Tempur-Pedic, but it’ll get the job done.
Maybe downtime on an airplane shouldn’t be the only place to embrace doing nothing, however. I could take this opportunity to talk through what I think are the best ways to unwind, but I’d rather hear what you all have to say.
How to you bounce back after days on the road or up in the air? How do you allow yourself peace and quiet? How do you unwind?
Tips, tricks, stories, secrets…all are welcome in the comments below! Please do share :)
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