I just got back from a trip I took for a few weeks to London and Paris. Before you hate me, let me tell you that the trip was filled with challenges. From our hotel “losing” our reservations to getting sick, it was not the relaxing vacation I was expecting.

That being said, it was also one of the best trips I ever had.


It reminded me that the idea of a retreat or vacation from reality is a temporary fix. Your problems do follow you wherever you go and can be a microcosm of your real life. Although taking a break is a necessity for our mental health, it should not be perceived as an escape or a cure for what’s really ailing us.

In the end, it gave me the insight to see that I didn’t need to wait for big vacations and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to change my life. I needed to tune into what I was doing on a day-to-day basis and learn how to relax, be kind to myself and compassionate for my experiences instead of wait for a vacation or situation to heal me.

It was a lesson learned the hard way, but one I can appreciate in retrospect.

How about you? Any lessons you learned on your summer vacation?

As always, we have a handful of insightful, informative posts for you this week. Enjoy!

Lindsay Lohan: Mental Illness as Entertainment

(Depression on My Mind) – Have you had enough of Lindsay Lohan? It seems as though Hollywood hasn’t. Read this and get a different perspective on the matter.  You might even say a more compassionate one.

Nurturing Creativity in Solitude

(The Creative Mind) – Why is that the extroverts seem to have all the fun? In this riveting post, The Creative Mind explores the other side and why nurturing solitude is actually a good thing for our lives and for our creativity.

Low Stress School Routines – Peaceful Bedtime

(Family Mental Health) – It’s fall and school has begun. Do yourself a favor and stop bad bedtime habits before they start. Read these helpful tips to get the school year and bedtime started off right.

How Does Therapy Work? Neuroscience and the ‘Sixth Sense’

(The Therapist Within) – Sure therapy works. But do you know how it works? Recent studies are backing up the importance of the therapeutic relationship. You’ll want to tune in. It’s fascinating stuff!

Diary Cards: How Keeping a Record Can Help You Change

(Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood) – In DBT, you have a diary card. What’s a diary card and why is it important to therapy? Guess you’ll have to go here to find out. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.