Time expands when we travel or experience new things, and our sense of freedom when we have a break from everyday routines and responsibilities is immense. However, all too soon, the holiday’s over, work starts up again and it’s time to get "back to normal". Aaargh!
But don’t despair, there are ways to hold on to the relaxed, rejuvenated holiday feelings even after your tan starts fading.
If you’ve had new experiences which have opened up new doors in your life, make a conscious effort to build on those. Think about what you especially enjoyed on holiday, and consider ways of bringing those things into your everyday routine – if it was different food, start trying out new recipes at home; if it was a change in culture, you could keep your new interest alive through dance or art classes linked to that culture. Part of the exhilaration we feel when we’re on holiday comes from being away from our usual surroundings, so make a point of regularly going places you’ve never been before, even if it’s just to explore an unfamiliar suburb or local park.
Being on holiday seems to transform us physically from a worn-out, frazzled, grey shadow of ourselves to a rejuvenated, brighter, calmer, happier, more attractive version – the person we really are, and should be all the time! Consider how you can achieve this once you’re back home through better sleep patterns, targeted (and fun!) exercise routines, healthier nutrition, regular visits to a spa. Do those things, often, that make you happy and give you a sense of freedom and joy.
Holidays bring us into contact with new people and remind us of the pleasures and stimulation those connections provide, so take this lesson and apply it to your everyday life too. Get in touch with friends you haven’t seen for a while and do some fun things together, and consciously set out to make new friends through work, hobbies, or sports. Make a point of speaking to new people wherever you can as you go about your daily routines.
Identify the things that really stood out for you in terms of how you spent your days while you were on holiday, and consider what you’d like to incorporate more of in your "ordinary" life. You probably used the cellphone and internet a lot less, mainly just to keep people informed of essential information, and you almost certainly focused more on actually experiencing life fully, so now you’re home think about continuing to spend less time connected to technology and more to people, places and events. If you enjoyed watching less TV, take the opportunity now to change your regular viewing habits by making specific choices about what programmes you actually want to watch, and stop just turning the TV on to pass the time. Often when travelling we discover that we seem to need less stuff altogether, so this could be a good time to declutter your life (and your house) and continue living more simply yet abundantly.
And of course, we all need something to look forward to. Start saving now for your next holiday, and dream, plan and fantasise about it to your heart’s content!
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