Holidays can be a time to relax and enjoy a well-deserved break. However, with all the planning and preparation that goes into arranging a holiday, it can be easy to forget to take some time out for yourself. If you’re finding it hard to relax on your next holiday, here are some tips and ideas that might help.
Make time for yourself
One of the best ways to relax on holiday is to make sure you have some time for yourself. Dedicate some time each day to do something you enjoy. Whether it’s taking a leisurely stroll, reading your favourite book, or just sitting down with a cup of tea and enjoying the peace and quiet, taking some time out for yourself will help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
If you’re travelling with family or friends, make sure you let them know that you need some alone time every now and then so they can give you some space.
Holidays can be hectic, with so much to see and do, especially if you are travelling with family or friends. To make sure you make time to relax, minimize the planned activities, don’t schedule everything, allow free time. Use this free time to take time for yourself and relax. If you have a busy schedule for your holiday, try and allow for free time between each activity or plan an activity every 2nd day. If travelling with others don’t feel bad for skipping a scheduled activity, instead use the time to relax. This will help you decompress and recharge.
For some, trying to stick to your usual routine as much as possible will help you feel more relaxed and grounded. If this sounds like you, try not to do too much or overcommit yourself while away.
Get some exercise
Getting some exercise while you’re on holiday can help you relax. Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting properties that can help reduce stress and anxiety. It doesn’t need to be high intensity exercise, simply taking a brisk walk in the morning or evening or go for a swim in the afternoon. These are great ways to get your heart rate up and improve your overall sense of wellbeing.
Avoid technology overload
In our technology-driven world, it’s easy to get caught up in checking our phones, laptops, and tablets every few minutes. However, this constant connection can increase our stress levels and prevent us from enjoying our surroundings. When you’re on holiday, take some time away from your devices and disconnect from the digital world. This will give you a chance to really focus on relaxing.
Eat healthy meals
What we eat can have a big impact on how we feel both physically and mentally. When we’re feeling stressed or anxious, we often turn to comfort foods like sugary snacks or unhealthy fast food options. These foods can actually make us feel worse by causing spikes in blood sugar levels followed by an energy crash. Therefore, try eating healthy meals that are high in protein and complex carbohydrates. These nutrients will help keep your energy levels stable throughout the day so you can avoid those dreaded ups and downs.
Spend time with loved ones
One of the best ways to relax is by spending time with loved ones. Reconnect with old friends or relatives and cherish the time you have together.
Practice relaxation techniques
There are many different relaxation techniques that can help reduce stress and promote feelings of calmness and wellbeing. Including deep breathing exercises, meditation and practicing being mindful and in the moment. If these techniques are all new to you, there are many resources available to help get you started, such as books, apps, and websites. Try out different techniques until you find one that works best for you.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then take a break. Step outside for some fresh air or take a nap if you’re feeling tired. It’s okay to take a break, you deserve it!
If you’re struggling to cope with stress or anxiety during the holidays, or at any time, seek professional help from a therapist or counselor who can provide additional support and guidance.
Relaxation is important for everyone. And everyone finds different things relaxing – from making time for yourself to relaxation techniques, and daily naps – there are many things you can do to promote feelings of calmness and wellbeing. Making time for these things should allow you to be able to relax and enjoy your well-deserved break in no time.