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Switching off from work whilst on holiday

Your annual leave is booked, your sun cream is packed and you’re feeling the pressure of getting to the bottom of your to do list before you jet off for a week or two. We’ve all been there – it can be challenging to get everything done before you go on holiday, but it’s important to learn how to switch off while you are away.

Whether you’re jetting off on a beach break or just taking some time off to do what you enjoy, switching off from work means that you can recuperate and come back revitalised. If you don’t, this can lead to stress, which in turn can make it harder to perform at your best. 

A holiday is the perfect chance to take a much needed break and step back from your day-to-day responsibilities. Here are some top tips to help you rest, relax and enjoy yourself:

Delegate and communicate
Although it can be difficult letting go, don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. If you’re concerned about your workload before you go away, delegate tasks to your employees and communicate why. This should help you focus and prioritise on the tasks that need to be done before you go on holiday.

Don’t take on extra work 
On the last day before your holiday, understand that it’s okay to say no. Don’t take on extra tasks or responsibility as this will create extra stress and make it harder to relax once you’re away. Take time to focus on the important tasks you already have.

Don’t take your work with you
It’s important to visualise yourself stopping work and going on holiday when you leave on your last day. It’s also important you don’t take your laptop home or away with you. Instead, take five minutes to organise yourself and your first working day back so you’re prepared.

Stick to a routine
Sticking to a routine whilst on holiday so that you still set aside time for relaxation, fun activities and sleep is very important to help keep stress at bay. A holiday routine will also make it easier to go back to work.

Turn off your mobile and resist checking your emails
If you really must, put aside ten minutes at the beginning or end of each day. While technology has led us to a permanently connected world, it’s important you relax on your holiday. If you’re stressed and answer an email this could lead to repercussions when you return.

By implementing these tactics just before, and during, your holiday you’ll notice a real difference in your ability to de-stress, relax and most importantly, enjoy yourself!


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