The last few months have been filled with uncertainty. Many people have experienced a slew of new stressors and anxieties, and after months of dealing with “all of this” we all could probably use a vacation. Unfortunately, due to current restrictions, most travel has been postponed or even cancelled.
But who says you need to leave home to relax?! We’ve put together a list of ways to “vacation” from anywhere. These simple tips can help you remove yourself from your day-to-day so you can return to it refreshed, relaxed, and feeling like you just spent a long weekend away.
Hear me out. I know taking a day off when you aren’t leaving town or don’t have a “significant reason” to not be working might sound like crazy talk. But taking a personal day when you simply need a mental break will improve your overall performance on the job. You may be thinking, “Wait, can’t I just use my weekend for that?” You could, but how often do you find yourself with a to-do list when the weekend starts full of laundry, yard work, deep cleaning, and other not-so-fun or relaxing activities?
Try taking a personal day filled with activities that feed your soul. Read a book that has been sitting on your bedside table, cook an elaborate meal that would take too long on a regular old weeknight, head to a yoga class you can never make because of a recurring 1:00 meeting. Give yourself permission to relax and let go.
This is an easy way to give yourself a break! If you are anything like me, you plan your vacation around where you’re going to eat and the new foods you can try. But when you’re not on vacation you spend at least an hour each night prepping and cooking a meal. Give yourself a break by ordering dinner from a new [to you] local restaurant. There is no better feeling than ending a long day by having someone else make and deliver your dinner! (Plus, you get to support a local business – win-win!)
Now you’re thinking, “This girl is off her rocker!” But again, hear me out. Carrying a computer around in your pocket means that you are never truly tuned out from work notifications, breaking news, TikTok dance trends, etc. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated, try turning your phone off for a little bit. Start with 15 minutes, and gradually increase the time as you feel comfortable.
Social media can be a humongous time suck if you allow it to be. Plus, it makes it way too easy to get sucked into the comparison spiral or the bad news black hole. Use the time that you would usually spend scrolling to spend more time engaging with people in real life. Engaging face to face (or FaceTime to FaceTime, Zoom to Zoom, etc.) builds stronger connections, better non-verbal understanding, and improves your overall health.
I hope these tips encourage you to take a break. A vacation does not necessarily need to be a big, fancy, expensive expedition. It can be something simple that allows you to vacate your day-to-day for a little while and returned refreshed.
How do you escape when you’re not able to travel? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear about it!
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Kirk was working 80-hour weeks and wearing his shoulders as earrings when he found yoga in 2005. Forever the competitive athlete, he loved the physicality of yoga. When the spiritual and philosophical side of yoga were exposed to him, Kirk was hooked. Yoga provided him with what other activities couldn’t -- the ability to foster the benefits of practice both on and off of the mat. Yoga was something that Kirk could bring into all aspects of his life.
Kirk knows that yoga can be intimidating, so he crafts a class that is playful and inviting, while still being challenging and safe. His creatively planned classes build strength and flexibility in your body and mind while establishing clarity, giving you more confidence to overcome obstacles in your life, and keeping you injury-free. His classes are themed with a message that is relatable and will inspire you to take it with you off your mat. Kirk has been teaching yoga since 2008 and lead his first teacher training in 2012. Where Kirk truly shines is in coaching, developing and bringing out the best in others.
Kirk enjoys traveling (40+ countries to date!), snowboarding, and cherishes time with his wife and two daughters.
Christen Bakken’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a Bikram studio that provided a safe and secure place to practice. She saw the yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose and a place to play. As she continued her studies and began her journey to teaching in 2006, Christen infused yoga classes with devotion and the yoga mat became a place of personal transformation and healing. Her classes are filled with laughter, song, sweat, and usually heart openers. In 2013, Christen began training yoga teachers. This is the place where she finds the most joy - in community with folks looking to grow and be of greater service in their homes, on their mats, and in the world. Over the years, she has led trainings in Denver, the Midwest, Florida, and now abroad. She has trained in continuing education modules, 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour programs. Beyond the mat, Christen is a passionate adventure seeker - she loves to bike, snowboard, and spend time with her husband and pups. She sees each day as a blessing and hopes to remind all who interact with her of this truth.
Did you know that we validate parking for TWO garages?!
For the Two Light garage, please bring your ticket inside for validation. For the Power & Light garage, please ask for a parking pass at the front desk. (Hot tip: the Power & Light garage has a ton of space! But be sure to give yourself a little extra time to walk to the studio.)
If you find that you are running a little late, please call the studio to let the instructor know to keep an eye out for you.
We have partnered with our friends at Greenslate to provide 1 hour and 15 minute validated parking for Power Life students in the lot at 36th and Harney (just south of the Cottonwood Hotel). Read below to learn how to take advantage of this perk:
Step 1: Scan the QR code located in the lot.
Step 2: Select your destination (i.e. “yoga studio”).
Step 3: Ask for the validation code at the Blackstone studio front desk and enter it on your phone.
Step 4: You are all set! Have fun at class!
The validation provided by Power Life and Greenslate is for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Need to add additional time to your parking space? You can do that conveniently from your phone!
This option is valid once per day per license plate.
There is a paved lot and gravel lot on the West side of the building.
Meters on Court and 4th (by Peace Tree) for $0.25/hour, 9am-9pm Mon. – Sat. 12-hour max
Meters on 4th (to the North) for $1.25/hour. Mon – Sat. 4-hour max.
All meters are free on Sundays and major holidays.