Going on holiday means that we finally get a break from our everyday routines; going to work, commuting back home, making dinner, going to bed early, etc. While this feels great for a while, our minds crave the stability of these routines – and it’s way too easy to forget about those small moments that ensure a peaceful mind.
Luckily, there are many ways to look after your own mental health while you’re on holiday, though, and the fact that you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the office might even make it a bit easier.
Take this time to breathe and relax so that you’re fully recharged by the time you’re back and ready for new challenges – you’ll be very grateful that you did.
Here are a couple of methods to take proper care of yourself while you’re traveling. It just makes the holiday a bit more enjoyable and you won’t feel completely burned out when you return back to your normal life.
Allow for some alone time
One of the main reasons that we feel so mentally burned out after a holiday is because we’re always surrounded by people.
Everyone has something they want to do, and everything needs to be enjoyed in the company of others – from breakfast to dinner and all of the hours in between. We barely have time to sleep in in the mornings before someone wants to head back out and explore.
Many people appreciate this part of their holidays as they’re able to spend time with their loved ones undisturbed by work and other chores. Others, however, feel suffocated and long for a rainy day when they can sit with a cup of tea and a book without having to pay attention to anyone else.
The trick to surviving this, if you belong to the latter group, is to give yourself some much-needed alone time. Nobody else is going to give it to you so you might as well take care of it yourself; head out for a walk in the evening, curl up with a book even if the others are gathering downstairs for drinks, and let people know that you’re feeling a bit tired.
It’s a much better way to handle these situations than to become snappy and annoyed because you’re not able to get away from others. If they’re the good kind of people, they will understand and appreciate that you need some time to yourself. If not, it’s probably for the best that you get away from them from time to time.
Squeeze in some exercise
By now, you know very well that what we eat and how much we’re able to stay active have a lot to say about our mental health. It’s not all about thinking positive thoughts and meditation, after all; what happens to our bodies will also affect our minds.
That’s why you need to continue your exercise routine even when you have time off. You’ll be able to enjoy it without the pressure of having to hurry up so that you can attend to other things, after all, and you may even be tempted to try out a few new types of exercise.
What about a round of yoga at the beach or some hiking together with your travel companions? If you’re going somewhere sunny, you can pair that beach yoga with other water sports as well – it’s definitely good for both your body and mind.
Try to eat healthy as well, by the way, and take multivitamins if you’re not able to eat as many greens as you usually do. That way, you won’t feel all limp by the time you’re back home – and you’ll be positively radiant from all the rest, exercise, and good food you’ve been exposed to.
Focus on your mental health
Just by reading this article, you’re actually doing a lot to take care of your own mental health. Our thoughts and intentions tend to affect how we feel about ourselves and, as long as you’re aware of this, you might be able to notice a difference in the way you treat yourself.
This doesn’t mean that you have to go all out and spend several hours meditating and doing affirmations just to feel happy and relaxed, though, but it may help to read up about it if you’re interested. Have a look at this site about Energy Healing, for example, and see if you’re able to understand how your mind affects your body.
Focusing on your own mental health just means that you’re invested in your own wellness. Do things that make you feel good during the holiday and remember that it’s not just about retreating and spending time by yourself; sometimes, the best thing you can do for your own mind is to spend time with others.
The key, of course, is to find a balance. Very few people enjoy the company of others 24/7 and very few people will enjoy being alone all the time either. It’s really that simple – just listen to yourself and do what feels good. It’s usually the right thing.
Finally: Have fun
No holiday is complete without all the things that make them so much fun. It could be a good idea to plan out your holiday a bit if you want to make the most of it, by the way, and reduce the amount of stress you build up before the holiday.
Take some time to look forward to it, go through all the fun stuff you’ll experience together, and give yourself a chance to appreciate the company of your friends and family. Even if you’re an introvert, you’re still a social creature who enjoys a good laugh and comfortable conversations, after all.