Last post, I wrote about the importance of taking vacation away from your 9-5. This past Friday, I took a vacation day from my work. I didn’t go on an expensive vacation or have a unique experience, in fact I spent $0 during that day. Instead, I went to a local park and walked a few miles in a natural path through the woods.
It was a great experience. It was quiet and great scenery. The best thing about it is that I left my phone in my car. I didn’t have headphones in listening to a podcast or music, it was just me alone with my thoughts, surrounded by a running creak, tall trees and a natural dirt path.
The walk reminded me of my childhood, before we had devices attached to us all day. As a child, I would escape in the woods behind my house for hours….jumping over creeks, visiting the local lakes, and using my imagination to play with friends. It was a great moment of nostalgia, as well as a great time to just think without having any distractions.
This was so important to get away and just walk around in silence with my thoughts. It was a great time to reflect on what I am doing and how I can improve in certain areas in my life. Think about it…you are on your devices ALL DAY EVERY DAY. Take time to put them down for a few hours!
Challenge: Go on a walk or run without any headphones or electronics. Take this time to walk and just think. Trust me…you will feel great afterward.