Helpful Little Hack of the Hour: 30-Second Vacation

How are you feeling? Are you stressed out? If so, you are not alone! With all that is happening around us, it can take very little “extra” to make us feel overwhelmed.

Headaches, mood swings, and lack of focus are just some of the signs that signal our need for a break. In the thick of things, it’s hard to take a day off. But we can make time for today’s helpful little hack of the hour.

The 30-Second Vacation

Stop. Close your eyes (unless you’re in the car, then keep your eyes on the road!). Press your shoulders up as high to your ears as you can and hold for a few seconds. Then press them back and down.

Take deep, slow breaths. Hold your head so your spine is straight and neutral. Rub your temples if it feels good. I like to roll my ankles in circles too.

Continue breathing. Keep your shoulders back and down. It is amazing how much you can unwind, and how far away you can feel, in just 30 seconds.

A man with his head up, shoulders back, eyes closed
Photo by Kelvin Valerio on
A 30-second vacation in progress.

Open your eyes slowly and blink a few times. Calmly let your mind resume its train of thought.

This helpful little hack of the hour is wonderful self-care for any situation. A 30-second vacation is an instant refresh. It relieves stress, slows your heartrate, and renews your focus for the tasks at hand.

The newer you are to the idea of a 30-second vacation, the more you probably need one. Go ahead, give it a try! Enjoy! I can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back.

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Wondering why am I publishing these helpful little hacks of the hour? Read the Introduction and Intent post here.


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