With every day commitments and stresses, we often put ourselves last on the list. We run kids to school, work to support our families, and wish we could lose those extra kilograms. We feel like we are constantly playing catch up and performing crisis control.

As you scroll through your social media you see friends with their toes in the sand, but to you, a vacation sounds like just a dream.

It doesn’t have to be. Sometimes all you need to feel a little freer is a 10 minute holiday. Yes, it’s true. We know that relaxing may sound like just another thing on your to-do list, but there are a number of ways to unwind in just 10 minutes or less


Your 10 minute holiday in the morning

Sometimes your mornings may feel the most stressful. You’re supposed to get the kids off to school, pack a lunch and who knows what else. If you were too exhausted to clean the house, you may feel overwhelmed by the stack of laundry still to fold or the dishes in the sink.

Although you can’t escape to a tropical island for the day, there are some ways to help manage your morning.

  • Wake up 30 minutes earlier—you may think this sounds backwards, but if you wake up just a little earlier than normal, you may feel that you have a lot more time to get things done that you’d like to. You’re not racing the clock, and that’s always a nice feeling.
  • Wake up to a new tune—if you’ve been bogged down by a blaring alarm clock, maybe it’s time to switch things up. For your mini vacation, try waking up to soothing beach sounds or one of your favorite bands.
  • Set a morning routine—if you don’t have a set routine in the morning, it may be time to make one. It will help you feel in control and better manage your time.
  • Consider meditation—if you have a hard time getting out of bed for work, exercise or whatever it may be, try waking up to meditate and prepare for the day. After a good meditation session, you’ll find yourself more calm, cool and relaxed. The best part is, you literally did nothing!
  • Eat a healthy breakfast—for your special vacation, make sure some special food is part of the equation. Instead of running out the door in a hurry, set those extra minutes aside for a filling breakfast. You’ll give yourself the energy you need to take on the day.

happy business woman on the ocean coast

Your 10 minute holiday at work

If you weren’t able to change things up in the morning, there is still hope. Consider these ways to feel like you’re on vacation while you’re at work or during your day.

  • Change your scenery—if you constantly stare at the same desktop, pictures on your wall, or dying plant, change it up. Bringing something fresh and new can give your eyes something pleasant to look at for the rest of the day.
  • Take a walk—when we need to relax, one of the best ways to do that is to move your body. Get up out of your desk during break time and step outside. Although you may not have a nature trail nearby, don’t let that fool you. Just looking up at the sky or standing beneath a nearby tree can recharge your spirits in no time.
  • Sit comfortably—for your mini holiday, make sure you are comfortable. It is best to find a position where you don’t slouch and where the pressure on your spine is minimal. Try exhaling and relaxing your shoulders for the ideal position.

Peaceful woman relaxing at home with cup of tea

Your 10 minute holiday after work

You walk in the door to people who are hungry, you’re hungry and you’re exhausted from a long day. Take courage, the day is not over. Here’s a few ways to find some “me” time as your day winds down.

  • Unplug electronics—if you’re traveling to a foreign country or camping in the mountains, chances are there are times you won’t have cell service. This is part of the reason vacations are so enticing. You’re able to step away from the cares of the world. One evening, try giving yourself 10 minutes without electronics. No checking social media, no emails, just turn it off.
  • Take a hot bath or shower—Light some candles, turn on some music, and treat yourself to a hot bath or shower. When your body feels depleted, this can be the perfect way to feel renewed.
  • Have a laugh—Resist the need to talk about the daily cares and lose yourself in a good book or favorite show.
  • Unwind—Instead of crashing on your pillow, give yourself a few extra minutes of time before bed. Perhaps you can ask for a massage, lotion your feet or just listen to relaxing music as you finish your day. Avoid doing anything stressful before you crawl into bed.

The best part of your 10-minute holiday is that it only takes 10 minutes. This means you can repeat it again and again, and give yourself the boost you need.

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