The feeling of a carefree getaway can’t last forever, and before you know it you’ll be in the full swing of work, family, errands... life. But that doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to those vacation vibes. Capture the essence of vacation in a mindfulness journal, and your writing can transport you back to your happy place whenever you need a pick-me-up. These four prompts will get you started.
Picture and Describe a Beach (Or Wherever You LOVE to Be)
Imagine yourself at the beach, on a quiet hiking trail, or jamming out at a music festival. Write down everything you see and hear. How does the air feel? What shade of blue is the sky? Visualizing the specifics of what's going on around you — ocean waves, the roar of a crowd — will help your mind stay in the space you're recreating.
Observe a Plant or Flower
Human beings have an innate need to be by nature — it’s called biophilia. Just looking at the color green can calm us down! Focusing on a plant — a living being that has no worries, no rent due, no deadlines to meet — will remind you to keep things simple.
Start by taking a closer look at that tree in the park, bouquet on your counter, or grass in your yard. Write down everything you can see about it. What color is it? What's the texture of the leaves? Does it prefer lots of sun or the shade? What does it smell like? Don't overthink it; just let yourself write.
Describe Your Favorite Drink
Whether it's a fruity frozen marg or a bold shot of espresso, a great sipper is a feast for the senses. Don't take those indulgences for granted! The next time you treat yourself, reflect on it in your journal. Not just the taste, but the whole experience. If you make your own iced tea, write about how you feel as you wait for it to steep. Describe the ring of condensation that forms on the table around your cocktail. This mindfulness technique lets us enjoy our favorite things more deeply, twice: once as they happen, and again as we write about them!
Remember What's Great About "Real Life"
Getting back into the thick of everyday life — school, work, errands and more — can feel like a drag. It's OK to feel down about a change in your routine, but journaling can also help you notice and appreciate the small joys that happen every day. It could be as simple as jotting a few notes about a sweet moment with your kiddo, or a pretty view you noticed on your commute. You might be surprised what a difference this makes in your overall outlook!