How to Stop Complaining and Actually Enjoy Your Vacation

So many of us complain about work. You’ve done it. I’ve done it. Don’t worry, this is a judgement-free zone. And hey, complaining can sometimes help us cope with the insane challenges of stress and constant busyness.

But, rejoice, the time has come for a well-deserved vacation! Finally, time to exist unfettered by deadlines or responsibilities! The complaining should stop there, shouldn’t it?

But the complaining doesn’t stop. That discontent becomes habitual. It begins to seep in and taint the vacation time we have so been desiring. From the instant a trip starts, I’ve heard people complain that a vacation is too short, too expensive, too crowded, too cold, too hot, too boring, too relaxed… you get the idea. Inevitably, the return to work is tainted with even more bitterness because the vacation time wasn’t wholeheartedly experienced.

And so the cycle of complaints and unhappiness continues…

Let’s stop and think about the following vacation complaints. Are they really worth it?

The weather isn’t cooperating. You’re at a tropical beach, but it has been cloudy and raining every day. So, naturally, your vacation is ruined, right? If the success of your vacation was hanging on something as unpredictable as good weather, your vacation priorities might not be in order. Sure, it might change your plans, but there are plenty of things you could enjoy if beach time isn’t an option.

Vacation is too short. There are those who dread the end of vacation so much that they actively count down the days every moment of their vacation time. Three days left? The dread of returning to the world of stress and busyness has already begun. Of course vacation seems short! That’s what happens when you act like vacation is over before it actually is!

Vacationing is too expensive. First things first, vacationing doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of satisfying options, like road trips and staycations, for those on even the strictest of budgets. Secondly, if you don’t value spending money on your self care, what is all the working and stress even for?

So why are we complaining so much? Have you figured out that it is not actually about your vacation at all? The root of vacation complaints resides in your feelings about your chosen career. Yes, it’s what gives you the money and freedom to take a vacation. It is what enables you to own things and structure your life. But it can also be a huge source of stress and disdain for many. If you want to fully enjoy your vacation, you have to mindfully embrace what it is you’re taking a vacation from.

Whatever your job is, if you harness bitterness towards it, that bitterness is going to seep out on your vacation. If you have a trip coming up and you’ve been harboring ill-feelings towards your day-to-day work, first, congratulate yourself on noticing these feelings and being honest with yourself! Catching yourself in the act without judgement can be the most challenging part of the path towards mindfulness.

Secondly, try some job-specific mindfulness exercises. Rather than thinking I have to go to work, get in the habit of retraining yourself to think I get to go to work. Aren’t you lucky to have a job that allows you to go on vacation? It may sound silly, but the way you think can powerfully manifest the ups and downs of your life. If your outlook on your job is own of gratitude rather than one of exhaustion, your vacation will be all the richer. And if, after all that effort, you realize you still really hate your job, why aren’t you trying to find a new job? Fear? Complacency? Dream big and work towards your goals. And most importantly, keep a positive outlook.

Don’t let a confused relationship with your job ruin your yearly vacation. Take some time to consider why you work, what is good about your work and how excited you are to have a new vacation experience. Be real and honest with yourself. With time and practice, vacations will begin to feel as infinite and awe-inspiring as they did in the decade-long summers of childhood.

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Jeramie D
Jeramie D1 months ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 months ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 months ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S1 months ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S1 months ago

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Carl R
Carl R1 months ago

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Danuta W
Danuta Watola2 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Carl R
Carl R2 months ago

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIE2 months ago

Dont sweat the small stuff. Complaining just makes you more miserable.

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RICKY S
RICKY S2 months ago

WOW

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