HEALTH BENEFITS OF SHORT HOLIDAYS
For everyone, life seems to be moving a lot faster than it used to and trying to make time for downtime is becoming as stressful for the average person as any board meeting. For a lot of us, the thought of taking and extended holiday simply means more to catch up on later; more you’re missing at work, higher piles of unread inbox messages that need to be seen to yesterday.
These days, a lot of us simply don’t have the time to make the most of an epic and extensive holiday, which many of us have confused for not being able to get away at all; but this is simply not the case.
Even the shortest holidays can have a profoundly positive impact on us. A couple of days or three or four can make all the difference to stress levels, your ability to focus on the year ahead, managing your moods, and most certainly, being productive.
So, before you sigh and chuck that travel pamphlet out of site, let’s run over a few good reasons why you should consider even the shortest getaway to anywhere, it doesn’t even have to be somewhere far away.
HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
One of the biggest mood benefits to going on holiday is also one of the most overlooked ones. Once you have booked a room in your desired luxury guesthouse, made travel plans, taken that time off and solidified the idea of getting away for a bit, you create something for yourself to look forward to.
The anticipation of going away can have as much of a positive impact on your emotions, focus, and general wellbeing, as actually being on holiday.
For many, the excitement of going away is the best part, and we all feel that excitement in one way or another. This feeling alone is an exceptionally powerful stress breaker, and you don’t need to plan a lengthy excursion to get it.
YOU DON’T NEED MUCH TIME TO CREATE MEMORIES
A lot of people feel like travelling for only a couple of days is something of a waste of time, and it is easy to fall into that, especially if you plan on travelling far away. The truth is, any amount of downtime is good for you, even the shortest bursts of it.
A couple of days can make all the difference to how you tackle the rest of the year, in fact we will explore a little later why shorter holidays are often far less stressful for working people.
Still, even the shortest holidays present a lot of opportunities for you recharge and create some fond memories you can call back to later.
IT’S EASIER TO SWITCH OFF FOR SHORTER PERIODS
Those with busy schedules don’t see a long holiday in the same light as everyone else. For a lot of people, going away and disconnecting for a long time means an even fuller inbox, an ever-expanding list of things to do when you get back, and a feverish catchup that quickly dismantles the relaxed state of a holiday.
During long trips, the temptation to check in with the office, phone clients, answer emails, and get things done remotely, is too strong, you likely won’t spend all that time actually relaxing.
A shorter holiday, on the other hand, can be done without these external worries filling your headspace. A couple of days is short enough that catching up won’t be a problem, which means that you can focus purely on unwinding.
Trust us, those nature walks, and luxury guesthouse breakfasts are much better when they don’t remind you of outstanding emails.
ONLY DO WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO
One of the things I love most about short holidays is that you must focus your intentions. There isn’t enough time to do everything, so you need to pick the things you want to do the most.
This means you will spend your short holiday doing things you really want to do, even if that just means a couple of days basking by the pool.
STAY WITH THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT GUEST HOUSE TODAY
Here at the African Elephant Guest House, we offer the ideal solution for a short, local getaway. Visit our website today to find out more about our locally charming guest house in Germiston.