Shift work is stressful – no question.
So if you’re wanting to reduce those stress levels but it’s a while before your next holiday, then why not revert to Plan B and take a ‘mental holiday’ instead?
Find a special place in your house that is void of distractions. Turn off the TV and unplug the phone. Sit down in a comfy chair or lie on the couch and close your eyes.
Now take the next five minutes to visualize your perfect vacation. Imagine a getaway that brings you limitless serenity and calm, a place such as a beach, a forest, or a river. Once you’ve thought of your special place, take notice of what it is about this environment that makes it calm and relaxing.
* Is it the endless sound of waves washing on the shore? Is it the wind rustling through the trees?.
* Is is the warmth of the sun on your shoulders or of the sand beneath your feet?.
* Are you lying in a hammock or sitting under a tree? Are you reading a book, watching a sunset, or just doing nothing?
Carry this calming imagery with you for the next 10 minutes or so and then gradually open your eyes … it may not be a real holiday but a “mini mental holiday” can certainly be the next best thing!