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Take a micro vacation


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Can't take vacation time away from the office, home, or life right now? Why not take a micro vacation?

Schedule 5-10 minutes just for you today. Set the alarm on your smart phone if you need to remind yourself.

This is your time — time to forget about work and other commitments. Don't cut your vacation short!

Picture yourself in your favourite place: a beach, a mountain top, Iceland … Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Think only about the smells, sounds and feelings you would experience in that location.

Studies have shown that micro vacations:

  • Boost your creativity.
  • Decrease your odds of engaging in risky behaviors like smoking and drinking too much.
  • Help you gain self confidence.
  • Improve your mental and physical health.
  • Increase your productivity.
  • Recapture your childlike nature.
  • Relax you.
  • Relieve stress.
  • Improve your relationships.

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