You sit at work daydreaming of the next time your presence within city limits isn’t an absolute necessity. You spend every Sunday evening trying desperately and unsuccessfully not to dread the following morning. You buy coffee in bulk at Costco because stimulants seem to make the dreary reality of life pass more quickly. You have dreams at night characterized by a falling sensation, and when you wake you are panicked and drenched in sweat. Sound familiar?
Unfortunately, the disconnect between people’s dream lives and their reality is a common human experience. In fact, one in five Americans experience “extreme stress” in their daily lives, defined by the likes of heart palpitations, uncontrollable shaking and depression. Equally as common is the habit of brainstorming escape routes to the point of near insanity. We think we will find an instant cure-all that will transport us to a place in life in which we don’t have to sit in an office like a desk monkey all day eternally wishing we were out on the beach. The least common, yet most favorable method of dealing with this phenomenon, is gaining the knowledge that no matter where you are, you have the power to live the life you’ve always imagined.
That is what the beach lifestyle is all about. It’s about saying no to the torture of monotony, stress and mediocrity. It’s about changing the way you think to allow for internal freedom. It’s about knowing in your heart of hearts that you were meant to live a life of joyful abundance. Whether your happy place is an exotic beach, a snowy mountain, or the heart of the city, the beach lifestyle applies. Follow these 5 steps to give yourself a permanent vacation.
Alter your thought process.
“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you.” - Jon Bon Jovi
It may sound cheesy, but we’re here to tell you it’s true! Life happens FOR you, not TO you. If you perceive every day as an uphill battle or your life as unworthy of happiness, you actually bring more of that negativity into your life. Start making a conscious effort to change the way you think. See the silver lining in negative situations. Ask yourself - “what can I learn from this?” And on the flip side, celebrate small miracles. Resetting the way that you view the inevitable ups and downs of life will set you on the right path to consistent, internal happiness.
Re-evaluate your priorities.
It’s one thing to work hard to achieve goals (which, for the record, we 100% support!) But, what’s the point if you’re miserable in the process? Think about the priorities in your present life. Maybe write them down. Now think about what your bottom line is with each of these priorities, or why they are important to you. Chances are you’ve lost track of why some things are even important to you. Here’s a hint: if happiness isn’t your bottom line, it may be time to re-evaluate what you are spending your time on.
Work to live, don’t live to work.
This is the shift we need to regain sanity, and may be the single most important thing to understand about living the beach lifestyle. So much of people’s lives is dictated by chasing that huge paycheck or achieving an esteemed level of success. But at the end of the day, what does that really matter? Sure, making enough money to be self-sufficient is important. As is evolving, learning and growing as a human. But when did work become the only thing that matters? If we can all adopt the mentality that work is a means to live the rest of our lives, and that’s it, we will all be a lot happier.
Put life in perspective.
You only get one life to live. It may be a basic truth, but it's one we could all use a reminder of every now and then.
Sure, this day, this week, maybe even this year feels never-ending. For most people, it isn’t until we’re limping around at age 82 that we realize how fleeting life truly is. Do yourself a favor and recognize this truth now, and let it guide you toward a life that is more meaningful to YOU.
Let go of what is no longer serving you.
This may be the hardest one, but it is absolutely critical! We all have things that weigh us down. Whether it’s an old feud or a job that has run its course, understanding when to let go of things is one of the most important lessons we can teach ourselves. Ask yourself daily (okay, maybe weekly), “what is no longer serving me?” and let these things go. Ridding yourself of baggage is the only way to make room for new, loving and happy things to enter your life.
So there you have it. You may not be in Tahiti magically devoid of all responsibility. But if you take the time to think about these 5 tips on a regular basis, we have a feeling you’ll start to feel like you’re on a permanent vacation.