Vacation & Stress

How many of you take vacations? What does it mean to you? Where have you gone that has changed your life?

Me, I try to take vacations but life gets in the way and well $ is always an issue because I'm trying to make strides in other areas of my life and feel like vacation of something that is a reward. Someone once told me that "the only difference between you and someone else is your experiences." What a profound and positive way to look at the world and each other! No one is better than the other. We all have different experiences that make us who we are.

I just got back from Greece. We (my bf and I) went for a wedding and it was purely magical. Being on a tropical island (even though I grew up on LI and the beach) changes you. What I learned from this vacation is what I add to my personal experiences in life and it has changed me for the better! I now see why people travel all the time. Not only did I learn about myself and the cultures, I let myself be fully present.  

The lack of stress I had made me realize a lot about what I think is "normal" for me back home. As you can guess, I have my own health issues that I deal with outside of helping you with yours.  The most profound lesson I realized while being away is my stress levels have been messing with my gut health. Yes, yes I know, how did I not know this already?! I did. To an extent. What I'm trying to explain is that until you remove yourself and really look at your current situation, you may not truly understand what the underlying causes of your health issues are. I would not have figured out that I need to learn more ways to destress in order to feel my best.

*Some tools that I will use to manage my stress better are:

Yoga
Meditation
Vision boards
Writing down what is causing me stress and addressing it

What tools do you use to manage your stress? What has vacation taught you that has made you who you are?

In love & wellness,
Marielle