To say that I needed a vacation was the understatement of the year.
Between massive management changes at work, tripling up on my workload and failing to hit my gym goals, 2017 was already off to a rough start. I needed to a break. A break from the hustle and bustle of work, commuting, Toronto – just a moment to breathe, reflect and relax.
So my trip to the beautifully exotic Costa Rica couldn’t have been timed more perfectly.
What started as a family trip for my stepmom’s 50th birthday quickly became a much-needed “pause button” for me. Between paddleboarding with dolphins, canyoning, 4-hour hikes and yoga in the jungle, I was able to reset and refocus on what was most important to me – work/life balance.
Since the New Year, my life balance had been completely out of whack – I was working like crazy, missing the gym weeks at a time, failing to meet up with friends and eating poorly. More importantly, my mental health had taken a hit.
So, I was determined to make the most of this family vacation and promised myself that when I made it back to Toronto, I would be re-energized and re-invigorated.
(Image courtesy: Fit In The Six / Meghann Cox)
I am a firm believer that everyone needs and deserves a vacation. Whether that be a resort getaway, a weekend out of the city house or a staycation, I find that it is absolutely imperative that we all make time for ourselves to re-calibrate and focus on what really matters – our health.
We sometimes forget that health is more than just what we do on the treadmill. We need to make sure that our mental well-being and energy are healthy as well. Just the simple act of disconnecting – between phones, emails, social media – is already a step in the right direction for hard-working Torontonians.
So make yourself a promise today. Make a promise that you’ll allow yourself to hit the pause button, disconnect from the world for a few days, focus on your needs and your health. While it may be tricky to let go, you’ll be better off for it.
Happy relaxing friends!
p.s. Want to know more about visiting Costa Rica? Check out this amazing National Geographic video on what makes Costa Rica one of the happiest places on Earth:
(Video Courtesy: National Geographic )
(Feature Image Courtesy: Fit In The Six / Meghann Cox)