Vacation Mind Frame

by Sarah Devika Sumnauth

Learning to disconnect is proving to be a challenge because my mind is treating me like a treadmill - it just keeps running. I take it as a sign that despite my exterior still fighting off this cold, my psyche remains spry and is looking for action. A good sign of things to come.

But how to truly disconnect?

It reminds me of when I go away on holiday to somewhere tropical, like Cuba. It always takes me almost a full day to decompress and get into the vacation mind frame where I feel carefree and worry-less. You know when you first arrive, and your newly settled into your room and you’ve just put on comfy lounge clothes but have yet to dip your toes in the ocean, or check out the swim up bar and you may or may not be questioning whether you left the stove on? I love this time period because its the waiting for the eventual shift in consciousness, the loosening of muscles and the unclenching of the schedule that always gets me. Once your settled, and walking around, exploring, you finally realize, or maybe you already have, that you have nothing but sand and sun in front of you for the next week.

Total bliss!

But with no sand and no sun here in Toronto, and a snow storm on its way in, lets just say it may take some finesse to bring on the happy times.

So, with the memory of Christmas still so fresh in my mind and all that love and cheer still palpable, I’m going to make this time about enjoying the winter wonderland that is my home and really experiencing my beautiful friends who are home for the winter break. How exciting!

I love just shooting the shit and having good conversation, like last night at my fam jam, where by the end of the night those left standing were playing Bananagrams and we all eventually got wound up into a guitar singalong.


It’s that feeling right there that I want to recapture. No questions asked, just a love in and a reluctance to allow my mind to wander to work related topics that would be far more productive if I gave them my energy in the new year.

It is the end of a whirlwind of a year after all. I get to see some of my favourite people in this last wondrous week and with a snow storm streaming through the air as I ride the Go train home, I think there’s no better time than now to take advantage of the beauty of it all…Ahhhhh :)

Vacation mind frame set in place!