Let’s assume your doctor has prescribed seven days off work for you to refresh, relax and de-stress. It seems that you haven’t been yourself lately and your late nights at work and work events have finally started affecting your immune system, your energy and your mood.
Your doctor has decided to hold off on prescribing medication, even though you are presenting with a few signs of depression such as fatigue, lack of motivation, weight gain, low libido and restless sleep.
Although you’re grateful for the week off, you’d rather just take a pill, and if it wasn’t for the side effects and dependency factor, you would have by now.
Here’s what I think….
You should thank your doctor for the sick note and start packing your bags.
Your physician’s vacation prescription can amazingly shift the way you feel if done right. So, grab a pen, get ready to purge (aka detox) and let me help you plan your doctor prescribed, detoxifying vacation.
Dr. Sara’s Vacation Prescription
Pick a destination, preferably a place you haven’t been before. Your mind carries plenty of stored memories (both good and bad) and you don’t need any emotional triggers on this trip.
Pick a destination where you know you’ll be able to make healthy choices and experience a deep sense of relaxation. You will be leaving your condo, your work and your Blackberry/iPhone behind.
This trip is for your well-being and you need to fully escape, not partially.
Don’t worry, I’m sure people will manage while you are away.
If you’re reading this and thinking there is no way you can detach from your desk, phone or email, perhaps you’re right. But keep in mind that adrenal fatigue, also termed burnout syndrome, is most often seen in patients that don’t unplug, rest, and re-charge.
Lastly, avoid Las Vegas at all costs. The goal is to come back energized, lighter and calmer. I’m yet to meet anybody that feels this way after a trip to Vegas.
Choose a non-toxic travel buddy or just go by yourself. That’s right. No toxic people allowed on your trip.
This means you can’t invite any negative friends or family – especially complainers who constantly talk about themselves.
You either go by yourself or invite someone who is positive, supportive, and good for your health.
Prior to inviting them, explain the purpose of your trip, and if they are on board and up for the journey, they can come.
There is one rule that both of you need to follow on this short journey: for every negative comment made, five dollars comes out of your pocket and goes into a jar. This little exercise works great to ensure positivity all around.
Before you embark on your seven day cleansing journey, you must resolve unfinished business that is weighing you down.
If you have been holding onto something that doesn’t serve you, it’s time to make peace and move forward. Make that long overdue phone call, send an email, or write an unsent letter.
Your heart chakra is relying on you for this, so before you get on that plane, wrap up all unfinished business and do whatever it takes to let go of any stress.
No baggage allowed on this flight!
Commit to eating regular, healthy meals on this trip.
No processed foods, no food additives, no artificial sugars, no red meat, and absolutely no fried foods.
This isn’t a detox juicing retreat, but it is a detoxifying vacation, so please make health-conscious food choices. I suggest you consume 2-3 litres of purified water daily and mainly eat a light, vegetarian diet.
Since this is a vacation, comfort food is recommended, but limit your treats to once per day – sparkling wine or dessert anyone?
Each day, set a soft sounding alarm clock for no later than 8:00 a.m., and immediately upon rising, drink one cup of warm water with lemon.
Set an intention at the start of your day and write it down.
How would you like to feel throughout the day?
Use positive descriptive words such as energized, clear, balanced, happy and healthy.
After you’ve washed up, rub one drop of eucalyptus oil under your nose and step outside.
It’s time to practice yoga, meditation and/or stretching. Take numerous cleansing breaths during your early morning practice and throughout the day.
For those of you who are new to yoga or meditation, I suggest you choose a destination that offers classes or download intro videos on your iPad to help you get started.
After your morning practice, spend the day doing what you love and listen to what your body needs.
You may want to relax under the sun, go hiking or read a good book.
Reflect and journal every single day.
Sip organic coffee, fresh squeezed juice or herbal tea and write.
Get all of your feelings and thoughts down on paper. When you write, focus on the present, the future, and your goals/vision. The more you share your vision, your passion, and your goals, the faster you will progress.
It’s so easy to talk the talk…now’s the time to do the walking.
As your vacation comes to an end, remember that wearing your ‘busy lifestyle’ like a badge is no longer in style and you aren’t doing yourself any favours by operating in constant overdrive.
Adrenal fatigue is bound to present in individuals that don’t take time off for rest.
If you think you may be addicted to the rush that comes from the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, it’s time to step back and recognize the impact that it may have on your health in the long-term.
A recent study showed that the highest performers within companies took regular vacation time.
This is no surprise. Fully escaping from work, home and your day-to-day routine is essential if you want to live a fulfilling, healthy life.
I just got back from my own personal cleansing vacation with my travel buddy – one week of detoxing, rejuvenation and planning ahead. Now it’s your turn my friends.
Make relaxation your reality.