Whether you are going abroad or visiting family, vacations are a time to relax. Recent studies have shown that many people report returning from trips stressed, often more stressed than when they left!
If you are planning a vacation in 2022, you want to ensure that this won’t happen to you. In this article, some of the top tips for getting some relaxation on your vacation are explored. As odd as that may sound!
Many people take their work home with them, which can make it harder to disconnect during your downtime. So, when you are planning a vacation, the first thing you need to do is get all pending work done. This includes work at home and your place of business.
This will help to put your mind at ease. Should this not be possible, aim to get someone else to chip in. After all, colleagues are there to help out!
Planning a different type of trip can help you to relax. If you’ve never been to Paris, book a hotel in the city. Or, if you want a more tropical location, look at resorts in Maui. Ensure that your vacation is full of different experiences than you would have at home. This can ensure that your brain is aware of the difference in activity and will thus begin to relax more.
Every aspect of modern life revolves around technology. Almost every job requires computers, phones, or apps. While it can be hard to resist going online when you travel, aim to keep exposure to computers low. This will help your brain to understand that you aren’t at work.
This is where traveling with a book comes in handy. Or even a magazine. If you can’t disconnect from your smartphone, use it for different purposes, like building up a vacation photo album with your family or traveling party.
This point links to the previous one. Being connected all day every day can prompt anxiety in many people. If you have a job which requires a work phone, don’t take it on vacation with you. Don’t talk to anyone from work, even if they text you, and don’t talk about work.
Don’t answer work emails or phone calls. Also, be certain to make it crystal clear to your colleagues about your vacation dates. That way, they will know you are not available.
The grind of the daily 9-5 can be exhausting. If you get up early each day, use your vacation to have some lie-ins and daytime naps. There is a reason why so many cultures see taking a siesta as part of their daily relaxation time. So your trip is the perfect time to put it into practice.
If you are planning to take a traditional nap on the beach, be sure you are covered. Beach umbrellas and sunscreen can save the soreness of sunburn.
Remember, it is important during your vacation to recharge and enjoy yourself. So do whatever you need to do to feel refreshed when you return to work.