Welcome! Today’s question of the day is, as you guessed it by the title, what or where is your mental vacation destination? You certainly don’t have to share yours with me if you don’t want to, or you can, totally up to you! 😊 Life can get a little hectic this time of year and I thought it might be enjoyable to just take a few minutes, close your eyes if possible, and take a little mental vacation to wherever relaxes your mind. There’s no stress there, nothing to worry about, it’s just you and literally whatever else you want there. If you’ve never tried drifting off to your ‘happy place’, it’s a great tool for refreshing or even mentally escaping difficult situations, for instance the dentist, or the lovely drumming of the MRI machine.
In reflection, I remember developing my own personalized ‘happy place or mental vacation destination’ during incessant drilling at a dental appointment many years ago, before I even knew there was such a thing as a mental vacation. I had recently been on a lovely holiday in Mexico at an all-inclusive resort and wasn’t really ready to let that peacefulness go quite yet. So, there I was listening to the dreadful drilling, and drilling, and I decided to close my eyes and return to Mexico, the perfect breezy, sunny days, the refreshing pool, a happy hour drink in my hand, nowhere to be and not a care in the world, and I could feel my body relax, my muscles let go, the sound of drilling drifting away. I learned that day that this little escape was a great tool for dealing with things that are okay to just let go, like medical and dental procedures. This process has also worked for me with MRIs. Taking a quick mental break feels like self-preservation, but also self-compassion, and I’m hoping that if you decide to try it that you enjoy your journey.
On another note, if you stopped in last week you might remember I was going on and on about how this year I might finally treat myself this holiday season to a chocolate orange. Well folks, I’m happy to say I finally did it!! Annnd I even took a few photos to share with you. I realize to some people this isn’t a big deal, but to me it felt like a big, delightful splurge! 😊 As I told you last week, for the past several years I’ve put one in the Amazon cart but for monetary reasons it loses priority and slips down into the ‘save for later’ area and then eventually slowly rides off into the sunset to be forgotten about until the next holiday season arrives. This year however, I was determined. To my surprise, I found that there are two versions, original and dark chocolate. My health conscience mind told me I should get the dark chocolate, because really I shouldn’t be eating this much sugar at all ever, but clearly aborting the mission completely wasn’t an option, and the dark chocolate would be the ‘healthier’ (insert sarcastic air finger quotes) choice. With this newfound dark-chocolate knowledge I was left pondering which one I should get… If I get one or the other, I’ll never know which one I like better. Humph. This pondering went on for a few days, yes seriously. [Did you know decision making impairment is a symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome and is related to impaired autonomic control of heart-rate which is associated with reductions in basic processing speed?] So, if you are wondering if I really pondered this on and off for days, I really did! These days decision making often leaves me feeling like a deer in the headlights. Anyway, moving on to the pictures! Amidst the days of pondering I received an Amazon gift card from my dear friend (YAY!) and took it as sign to get both (I mean wouldn’t that be your first conclusion!? 😉), big time splurge! So, the pictures show each one, as well as the rather humorous instructions, which you can see I missed and didn’t follow the first time but found quite handy the second time. How were they? Oh, so delicious! Chocolaty with a subtle taste of orange that seems to linger after the chocolate taste has gone, which leaves you wanting more. If I had to choose…dark chocolate for the win. Good stuff!
Hoping you’re able to splurge on yourself in some way this season and also hoping, if you feel like it, you’ll take a moment or two to think of your happy place, relax your mind, and allow your body to simply be peaceful. A few more doodles and thank you for stopping in today! Someone needs to come and take this chocolate away from me now! 😊