• Some myth busting facts about summer holidays
    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Some myth busting facts about summer holidays

    We’re into the holiday season!  Schools have broken up so the commute to work is quicker & hopefully less stressful.  Holidays can be expensive & stressful but you don’t have to spend weeks & £100s to get quality Rest & Relaxation.

    A change is as good as a rest!

    Holidays (even staycations) are a change to the daily routine.  It does us good to get out of a routine every now and then. Change gets us out of our comfort zone to do things we don’t normally do. As a species, humans don’t react to change very well unless we have some direct control over it.  We should have control over our holiday plans but our expectations are often exaggerated & if something unexpected happens (delayed flights, accommodation changes etc.), it stresses us out & we find it so hard to get the ‘rest’ out of the holiday. It’s often the case that we need a rest to get over the stresses of the holiday.

    I neeeeeed a holiday in the sun!

    Sunshine is good for us as it develops vitamin D in our bodies that keeps our bones, teeth & muscles healthy.  It keeps us healthy, but not necessarily happy as in fact, the opposite is true.  According to the survey out in March this year, the happiest place on earth is Norway ( which may have its fair share of sunshine, but is not known for its flip-flops & bikinis. The happiest place to be in the UK is on the Western Isles of Scotland which have less sunshine than the rest of us with around 1,000 hours of sunshine a year compared to 1,3400 on average for the rest of the UK. If you’re planning an idyllic holiday in the sun, it may be cheaper to look closer to home.

    I need to recharge my batteries

    A few years ago when I first had a mobile phone I charged the battery about once a week, overnight. Today’s mobiles phones need charging every other day because they do so much more ‘stuff’ than the first phones.  It’s the same with today’s Humans.  We do so much more than we used to do – because of technology. 
    Being on holiday won’t give you chance to recharge your battery as you’ll still be going at the same pace, but in a different location.  You’ll probably still have the children, partner, relatives or friends around & with the best will in the world they will drain, not replenish your batteries.  If you’re one of those who answers work emails whilst on holiday – well you’ve no chance of topping up, let alone recharging.

    The right way to R&R

    Rest & Relaxation by definition is REST: relaxation from exertion or labour. RELAXATION: the return of a system to equilibrium after a displacement from this state.  I go to the gym at least once a week but don’t consider this R&R. Jogging on a treadmill, lifting weights or rowing to nowhere is neither restful nor relaxing.  It enhances my wellbeing & keeps my body in shape so I can keep up with the Grand Girls. It is not R&R!
    We all understand the need to be more active in order to live a better life physically & being with the children/family/pets on holiday is good for all of us, but do we understand the need to be more restful & relaxing in order to live a better life emotionally?
    The best way to R&R this summer is to take time out & do absolutely  ……….  nothing. How long you spend doing nothing is up to you; where you go to do it is irrelevant; when you do it is important; who you do it with makes a difference; why you do it is obvious – TO KEEP YOU SANE!

    Actions – check list

    1.       Balance the physical with the mental & emotional.
    2.       Spend some time with yourself each & every week.
    3.       Clearing your clutter helps to clear your mind. Do some de-cluttering!
    4.       Try a mindfulness meditation.  This is not the ‘clear your mind’ meditation but a more practical way of meditation. My favourites can be found on
    5.       Try a Gong Bath! Sounds really ‘out there’ but they are fantastic.  The idea is that you bathe in sound.  Excellent for the best R&R.  I have my regular lady & you can find one near you.

    Success Stories

    GR from Northamptonshire gave her feedback after a ‘Power Hour’ coaching session.
     “A rather ‘scatter gun’ approach to many aspects of my life – mainly my home life. Disorganised, unable to prioritise home life tasks, striving to be “perfect” in all that I do and beating myself up WHEN not being 100% and always trying to do too many things ta once. No reflective “me” time.
    Having already met Ann, I knew she was a lovely, calm, kind, intuitive person – just the type I doubtless need to help me.
    (The ‘Power Hour’ was) Very calming, informative, helpful – making me examine the main areas where I need help.

    Upcoming events

    No radio appearances this month, but I’ll be Group Leading the 4Networking Group at St Neots on 17th & 31st August. If you’ve a business (or even if you don’t) & want to see how networking can help you, ask me for details.

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