Taking a mental vacation can make you much more creative and productive. It can also benefit your problem solving ability. It’s not that easy to do, especially for people who find it hard to take a real vacation. I’m talking about those people who take their work laptops with them on vacation. If you must have a computer on vacation, make it your personal one. You need the vacation for your mind or you will burn out. Burned out people make mistakes. It’s that simple. Their ability to solve problems becomes impaired and it can all be avoided.
A mental vacation need only last a few minutes, but it is better if it lasts longer. Take the time, when not actually on the job, to sit and relax. Let your mind go to some place fun. If you do that several times a week, you will find that any problems you might be mentally wrestling with will suddenly have solutions. That’s because you passed the problem solving to your subconscious, which is much better at solving problems than your conscious mind. Just sit in a comfortable chair, or lie in bed and let your conscious mind go wherever it wants to. the true mental vacation is one where you pretend to be somewhere you aren’t or someone that you aren’t. Yes, I’m advocating daydreaming.
A daydream is a mental vacation. It can restore your spirit to good health, if done properly. The technique is something like meditation, only you don’t have to say anything. just sit and let the mental movie play across your consciousness. Let go of the problems you have, your subconscious will take them in hand.
That’s the hard part. Just letting go of your problems is so hard that a number of people simply can’t do it. They don’t solve their problem because they won’t let their subconscious play with it. They even have trouble sleeping because they can’t surrender their problems to their subconscious minds. That can be tragic. Obviously, you do need to use your conscious mind to assist in problem solving; you initiate it by running scenarios in your head and then let your conscious mind go some place where there are unicorns, rainbows, and fluffy clouds against a blue sky. This gives your subconscious a chance to take the problem to a depth of thought you are not aware that you are capable of reaching. Your subconscious probably won’t solve the problem completely on its own. It might not even solve the problem at all in a permanent way. What it will do is give you a solution to try, if you trust it.
Trust in your subconscious and it will come through for you. All you have to do is relax and let go. You don’t have to make your mind do anything. You can just sit there and drift in time, if you are so inclined. You’ll feel better about the world in general, if you do. Just sit down somewhere and take a mental vacation. You’ll be glad that you did.