Sometimes, switching off work mode and going into holiday mode can be tricky. With the bustle of day to day life still present in your mind, it can take a couple of days to settle into your holiday and truly start to unwind. To maximise your rejuvenation period, the following activities should make switching off and relaxing a little easier.
Organise Work Before You Go
Many of us struggle to leave work at work and often come away thinking about the tasks we should have done that day or what we need to remember for tomorrow. Try not to leave work feeling like this when you’re due to go on holiday. By being extra proactive, prioritising and organising projects so that they finish at least a couple of days before you leave, it should mean all the loose ends are tied up before you head out the door for a well-earned break! It’s also a good idea to ask one of your colleagues to keep an eye on your emails and check your answer phone messages, so you don’t feel the urgency to check in, and you won’t have worked piled up upon your return.
If your idea of relaxation is scrolling through your phone, then this one isn’t for you. But, if you feel the need to detach yourself for a while, whether that’s for a couple of hours or a couple of days, switching off your phone can give you that much needed downtime that you are after while you’re on holiday. The constant notifications, emails and phone calls from friends and family can wait a little while.
Spas are a relaxing place to be, even if you’re just heading to the pool and for a quick dip in the Jacuzzi afterwards. The treatments provide some much needed ‘me time’, whether you like a facial or foot massage, you are sure to leave feeling tranquil and calm.
Getting stuck into a good book can be addictive, and while you’re on holiday, you can really spoil yourself. No need to turn the lights out and stop reading at 11 PM because you’ve got work tomorrow, you can turn as many pages as you please! A captivating story can absorb your mind, making it the perfect relaxation activity. Be sure to stock up on a couple of intriguing books before you leave.
Exploring a new place is part of the excitement of going on holiday, and North Wales has a fantastic range of places where you can get outdoors to enjoy the scenery, get some fresh air and stretch your legs. With stunning beaches, gorgeous valleys and the majestic mountains of Snowdonia, your choice of where to go may be the trickiest part about it. A gentle walk in a beautiful place is sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated.
Cooking can be a therapeutic and calming task. If you take your time and try to enjoy the process, you’ll end up a little more relaxed; plus, you’ll get to enjoy a delicious meal, and you’ll feel satisfied by your efforts. To really indulge, treat yourself to your favourite starter and dessert!
If cooking doesn’t sound anything like relaxation to you, head out to one of the fantastic restaurants in the local area, why not make an evening of it and head to the cinema or theatre afterwards?
Exercise is a proven mood booster, while your body is active, endorphins are released in the brain. This powerful chemical is known to relieve the feeling of stress, which will, in turn, make you feel much happier. Head to Zip World or go white water rafting for some adrenalin fuelled exercise.
Don’t Plan Too Much
Holidays can often become stressful due to the crammed schedule many of us plan before we’ve even reached our destination. If every minute of every day is filled with an activity, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for you to wind-down and just chill. Take each day as it comes, that way, if you feel like lazing in bed until mid-day you can, if you feel like checking out the Wales caravans for sale, you can and if you wake up feeling energised and ready to explore, you can head to one of the great attractions in the area.
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