How To Truly Relax On Holiday

October 27, 2017

Have you ever returned from a holiday feeling more stressed and tired than when you left? What a disappointment that is, when your well-earned vacation that you have been planning for the last year is gone in a shot and your left feeling no improvement in your well-being.

You are not alone! Research says that 53% of people who take a break away to relax and unwind do not achieve their goal. Why is that? Here are some suggestions for your future holidays to ensure a relaxing getaway:

Try Something New

We have all done it (well, I certainly have). You get it into your head that to truly relax, you need to sit around doing nothing all day on a sunbed, with a brightly colored cocktail in hand, soaking up the rays. If it is not in your nature to do this, this can actually prove to be more stressful. Trying to do nothing when you are usually an active person is highly frustrating. Instead, keep your mind active by trying something different. What about a local cooking class? Or perhaps photography?

Indulge Yourself

To really get a chilled-out vibe, take yourself off for a spa break. There are a vast array of amazing spas attached to hotels which offer a quality spa experience. Do not worry if you are a little uncomfortable with the idea of stripping off for a massage. Spas offer a huge range of alternative therapies and treatments. A facial can be a fantastic way to brighten up dull and tired skin. Or why not have a pedicure/manicure to give yourself a real treat? Many hotel spas also have steam and sauna rooms, a Jacuzzi, and spa pools. A spa experience is a sure-fire way to lower stress levels and boost energy.

Switch It Off

We cannot completely detach ourselves from the outside world, however, try switching off your phone or tablet and instead, take in your surroundings. Look at what is around you. Most people choose a visually appealing destination for their relaxing getaway. Take in the fabulous landscape around you, watch a beautiful sunset or admire the grand architecture of the place you have paid good money to travel to.

Physical Activity

It may seem strange to suggest physical activity is a good way to relax, but it is a known fact that exercise produces endorphins in the brain that can last for ours and make you feel fantastic. Go for a leisurely walk, have a round of golf, or perhaps really push yourself and take some surf lessons. You will feel better instantly.

Healthy Eating

Yes, you have been on a mammoth diet before your holidays and you have achieved your target weight. Well done! However, be careful not to throw caution to the wind and feast yourself on a mound of fried food, sugary drinks, and processed foods, just because you can. Two weeks of unhealthy eating and drinking can leave you feeling fatigued, bloated, and give you low energy levels.

Following the advice above will help you to get what you really want from a holiday, a relaxing break away. With a wealth of amazing destinations to explore, all with a great choice of amazing leisure and spa hotels, the world is your oyster!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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