What is the key to having a stress-free holiday? In your mind, you imagine an idyllic setting, cocktail in hand watching the waves lap onto the sand. It sounds relatively relaxing, but unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. Your holiday may be providing you with time away from work, but in reality, it may also be adding to your anxiety.
So how can you overcome the stress and let your hair down?
The key to having a stress free holiday
The most important thing you need to realise when planning your holiday is that not everything will be perfect. Real life does not always mirror the colorful brochures you see in the travel agency. One trick to enjoying your vacation is to understand that things CAN and DO go wrong. It is time to lower your expectations down a notch.
Enjoy each moment for what it brings
So, your plane is delayed; but, at least you are on the plane! Your luggage is temporarily lost; but, at least it gives you an opportunity to buy a new outfit in the meantime. Your meal is not as delicious as you had hoped; but, at least you don’t have to wash the dishes! Change the narrative in your head from a negative perspective to a positive one and enjoy each moment.
Allow plenty of time to do nothing
It may sound a little dull for those who like endless adventure and excitement, but to get into the stress-free mode, you need time to unwind. Keep your itinerary flexible to maintain control of your days. If you want to sleep in, you can. If you feel the need to relax in the bath with a glass of wine, give yourself permission.
Leave the guilt at the door
Guilt can be a huge issue when you take your vacation. Shouldn’t you be working? Absolutely not! Leave the guilt at the door, switch the phone off and add an automated reply to your emails. They will still be there waiting for you on your return.
Don’t believe the hype
Not every destination lives up the hype, and not everyone loves each place they visit. Remember to keep those expectations in check and be realistic. Perhaps the beach resort is not as quiet as you imagined! Even if you don’t love 100% of your holiday, there will still be many magical moments that you can focus on.
Life does not stop when you are on vacation
Unfortunately, life will not stop while you are on vacation and you cannot control every aspect of your vacation life, work life and home life. Trying to micromanage everything will send your thoughts into a tailspin. Maintain your focus on your holidays. And if you do have to check in at work or home, loosen the reins a little to minimise the worry.
You can’t keep everyone happy all of the time
More and more people are giving up their vacations for overtime pay. However, vacations are a necessary part of life and will help you refresh and recharge, so you perform better at work and life in general. Taking time away for a holiday may not suit everyone – and that’s okay. The key to having a stress free vacation is realising that the only person you need to concern yourself about is you (and your travel companions) – the rest will take care of itself.
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