Holidays are typically associated with taking a well-earned rest and giving your mind, body and spirit some tender loving care. Whether you choose a relaxing break in the sun or an adventure holiday, it is guaranteed that you will be indulging in pleasurable, stress-relieving activities that help to boost your health and well-being.
In many cases, these holiday habits get forgotten as soon as we return home and fall back into our usual routines. This means we could be missing out on some potentially life-changing habits that could enhance our lives all year round. Take a look at the following ways in which you can keep up your holiday habits at home to make the most of what they bring:
Hot climates tend to make us a lot more conscious about staying hydrated, and so we are more inclined to fill up on cold, refreshing drinks, such as bottled water and fruit juices while we’re on holiday. Make sure you keep on top of your hydration when you return home by keeping a large bottle of water to hand at all times. You may also want to consider buying a juicer to make sure you are getting a good dose of vitamins in your drinks.
Just keep swimming
Swimming – whether it’s in the sea or a hotel pool – is a popular activity on holiday, but as soon as we return home, the appeal is suddenly lost. Swimming is an excellent way to tone up, burn calories and feel refreshed, and regular laps in the pool can provide a whole host of health benefits. To keep up this holiday habit, set yourself a challenge of swimming a couple of times a week in your local pool. You will be surprised how invigorated you’ll feel, and you will get that same fresh-as-a-daisy feeling you get on holiday.
Going on holiday requires packing only the essentials, and this can be a humbling practice as it proves just how little you need to get by and enjoy yourself. Try adopting this habit in your day-to-day living, and clear out all the possessions you no longer use. De-cluttering your home will help to de-clutter your mind and you will love the satisfaction simplicity brings.
Many warmer regions across the globe have a tradition called a siesta – a mid-afternoon nap to re-energise and relax before evening – and for many of us, snoozing in the daytime on a sun lounger is one of the best things about being on holiday. Napping is a simple pleasure, and one that you can easily keep up at home. It can even help to boost productivity. One study carried out on pilots showed that a 26-minute nap enhanced performance by 34%, whilst overall alertness increased by 54%.
Holidays provide a perfect excuse to take time away from mobile phones and similar technology – especially as many places abroad do not have Wi-Fi. Try taking this habit home with you and teach yourself to consciously disconnect from handsets, particularly in the evening and at weekends. This will give you more time to enjoy other things and will help to clear your mind.
Reading is a simple pleasure that guarantees relaxation, yet many people will never pick up a book unless they are on holiday. Reading for a little bit every day can provide an important source of stress-reduction, mental stimulation and an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily living. There is also something quite special about going to your local library to choose some books to take home and snuggle down with in the evenings.
If you would like to bring more simplicity into your life and cleanse your mind of stress, you may want to consider hypnotherapy. A hypnotist can help with a wide range of problems brought on by our hectic lifestyles. Please see our stress page for more information.
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