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Why It's Important to Unplug When You Go On Holiday

Posted on June 19, 2015 by James

Health issues that arise as a result of stress are a huge problem in the UK. So many illnesses can be attributed to stress, from gastro-intestinal disorders right through to heart disease and cancer. Even though we all know we shouldn’t allow ourselves to get so stressed, things like work and issues in our personal lives can sometimes just get on top of us.

As such, it can be very difficult to let go of all this stress when you finally make it away on holiday. But, for the sake of your health, as well as just for fun, you must learn to unplug when you jet off on holiday.

The following are some of the best tips you can take on board if you’re looking to give your brain and body a well-deserved holiday. Not only will this ensure you enjoy your holiday but it will also help you recharge your batteries and get you fresh for the onslaught of work, family and your busy social life once again.

1. Preparing before your holiday

- Make sure that you have completed any work projects or duties in order to avoid worrying about them whilst you’re away.

- For anything you can’t complete before going away, make sure you do a full hand-over to a trusted colleague and/or your boss.

- To cover all bases, make sure your handover includes a hard and soft copy of detailed instructions and ensure your line manager, as well as the colleague you are handing over to, also receives them.

- Make sure that your line manager and colleagues know how to contact you in case of a work emergency.

- Put your out-of-office on and ensure that you have set up a clear and detailed automatic message so others know when they can expect to hear back from you and who to contact in your absence.

2. Keep your mind strong whilst you’re away on holiday

These days, you would be hard-pressed to find an area where you can’t either access phone signal or the internet. This means it can all too tempting to keep checking your work emails and even responding to them when you’re meant to be relaxing on a beach somewhere, or sipping strawberry daiquiris on the deck of a cruise ship.

There have been numerous studies showing how much more successful and productive people are when they’ve made the effort to set aside time to relax and have fun. This means your holiday is something of an investment, so you simply must pay attention to it!

- Disable your work e-mail or set it so that your device only downloads emails once (or maximum twice) a day.

- If you have a work phone, leave it at home and give your boss your personal phone number for emergencies only.

- If you do need to work, allocate just one hour a day and try to be as strict with yourself as possible and keep to this time limit.

3. Planning your time when on holiday

You’re unlikely to plan every single step of your holiday; however, if you’re committed to steering clear of work stress, you’ve got to put additional thought into how you will be spending your days away from work.

- Never ever start your day by checking your work emails. You need to begin each day of holiday positively, so take your time in the morning. Go at a steady pace, drink a cuppa and enjoy a nice, slow breakfast.

- Holidays are a time to kick back and relax but remember to drink lots of water throughout every activity (in addition to all the good red wine, sangria and beer you’ll be imbibing). Drinking at least 6 glasses a day will help keep your body hydrated, mind fresh and skin clean.

- Whether you’re with your partner, family or friends, make sure your focus is on them. You need to be present in the moment, so try not to allow your mind to wander across to work.

- At the end of each day on holiday, make an effort to unwind. Don’t go straight to sleep; sit back, relax and take time to think over the day you’ve just spent.

- Sleep is incredibly important, so make sure you get as much of it on holiday as you can; at the very least, eight hours a night. This will give your body time to recharge its batteries and give your mind some much-needed rest.

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