Do you ever wonder why it is so easy to bring your best self on holiday? When we pack for atrip, we think about what physical items we are taking with us but we don't often stop to think about which mindset we are bringing.
When we go away, I spend all my time focusing on what stuff to pack. The right shoes, the right clothes, insect repellent, phone charger, books but I don’t think about bringing my best self. You’ll often hear people say they are so much happier on holiday or in a certain place, they just feel healthier, they look better, they get on better with their family. Might it be that you just bring your best self and leaving the other bits behind? Taking your confidence, humour, positivity, sense of adventure, passion and an open mind to experience new things?
Why do we only bring these things on holiday with us? Why can’t we wake up in the morning and bring our best selves then, even if for a normal day in the office or working from home? In simplest terms, this is having a positive mental attitude. But I like the analogy of packing. Pack what’s good for you. Pack what you will need that day. Leave behind the things you don’t need, it’s all extra weight to carry around and hinder your journey.
Similarly, if you overpack you need help to carry it. You wouldn’t think twice about seeking help to carry a heavy suitcase, you’d never give a small child an enormous load to lug around. Yet we often pick up too much in everyday life, and spend our days struggling to cope with the strain it puts on our bodies and minds. Using metaphor can help break open a dialogue and I find this one a very valuable one. Our jobs and careers can be a particular cause for a heavy load and we need to watch out for signs of stress in ourselves, and in our colleagues.
In short. Pack what you need and only take the things that make you the best you. Leave behind the bad stuff. Ask for a hand if you’ve got too much to carry.