Plan A Vacation To Help You, Not Harm You
Is that how you rejuvenate for holidays? Why do we holiday? So that we can rejuvenate, re-energise and de-stress. Right? And yet, how many of you have actually returned from a holiday feeling like all the above? Most of us come back tired, hung over, sleep deprived, needing another holiday to recover
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After 5 beers down, I asked my friend to eat dinner. He said, "Hey, I'm on holiday!" And so we continued till 3 am, at which time he ordered some good food. The next morning, we had all decided to go for a breakfast by the beach, but my buddy was so badly hung over, that his wife actually wanted to take him to a doctor. Acidity, bloating, lethargic movements and a missed morning.
Is that how you rejuvenate for holidays? Why do we holiday? So that we can rejuvenate, re-energise and de-stress. Right? And yet, how many of you have actually returned from a holiday feeling like all the above? Most of us come back tired, hung over, sleep deprived, needing another holiday to recover.
Now change the way you holiday. When you tell yourself, "I need a break from life's stresses," mean it. Life's stresses include less sleep, toxic food, anxiety, chemicals, no exercise, no me-too time to recover mentally and physically. Take a conscious decision to make the reasons for your holiday your goals for it too. Because after all, you won't get another holiday in a hurry, so why waste this one? Here are some tips to make your holiday truly enjoyable and rejuvenating:
1. Identify why you need one. Some of us want to just sleep, the others are tired of the go-to-work scenario, but for all of us, we have toxin build up in our mind and body both. So choose which toxin is stronger for you: the clutter of your mind or the bloating of your body. And then accordingly, decide where to book.
2. Find your true "sigh!" place. Some of us are beach people, others are mountain people. Where can you sit for hours and just watch the scenery? Close your eyes. The answer will be visually available.
3. Make some "joy" points. You're going for this holiday to spend time with the family, friends or see the place or write your blog or read a book. Whatever is your driving joy or joys, jot them down. We often come back from a holiday saying, "Oh we didn't do this!" This way, you can minimise regrets.
4. Eat breakfast every day. During your holiday, most people end up missing breakfast because it's over by 10.30 am, and the night before was a series of binge drinking nights. When you eat a good breakfast, your chances of gaining holiday weight reduce, your memory stays sharp so you don't forget your "joy" points and you have the energy to follow through with them with ease. So many benefits of just having a good breakfast!
5. Start the evening early. If you do this, chances are, even if you binge drink, you will end up eating an early dinner, leading to sleep at a decent hour and lesser holiday weight gain and sluggishness.
6. Plan one group activity every day. It could be playing scrabble, throwball, badminton, a trek, cycling or anything else. A group that plays together, keeps their minds sharp. If the activity is a physical one, it will help you stay agile and fresh as well.
7. Defocus from food. Okay reason with this. You get good food wherever you live. Then you transport yourself to a new place to de-stress. And your focus is still food? Find a new focus, you're a human being, not a labrador. Maybe you want to work on the business plan you've always wanted to, or search for a course to diversify your skills. You have the time now, and the fresh mind too. Dig in with your brains, instead of your teeth.
Do the above, and you'll realise that you've actually rejuvenated and are ready to face the world with newer goals, a business plan to start your own venture, a better understaning from your loved ones or just a fitter you!
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