Summer holidays are a time to let go, relax, and have fun. However, many of us feel guilty about neglecting our health routines while away and more importantly many of my clients struggle to get back on track once the holiday is over. Don’t worry! In this article, we will explore six practical tips to help you maintain healthy choices in the areas you struggle most with and avoid our usual guilt trips. By following these suggestions, you can both enjoy your 1 – 2 week holiday and prioritise your wellbeing.
1. Make a Plan or Set Intentions:
Before you leave on your summer adventure, take a moment to make a plan or set intentions around your health. Identify the smallest doable actions you can take to stay on track especially in the health area you struggle with. For instance, commit to eating at least five portions of fruits and vegetables each day, to ensure you are getting in enough vitamins, minerals, fibre and anti-oxidants etc… It’s okay to indulge in treats too. It’s all about finding a balance or a compromise with yourself that works for you during your time away.
2. Accept Things Beyond Your Control:
Remember, there are certain aspects of your holiday that you cannot control, such as a child falling ill (which was the case for me on this holiday unfortunately) or bad weather. Mentally prepare yourself that you may have to adapt and adjust your plans, this is known as adopting a growth mindset. Let go of any high expectations you have around what your holiday “should” look like, its tough, I know!
3. Prioritise Movement:
While it’s understandable to drop your usual exercise routines during your holiday, it doesn’t mean you have to be completely inactive. Set a realistic intention such as getting 10,000 steps a day by exploring your destination on foot. Not only will this help you stay active, but it will also allow you to discover new sights and experiences along the way.
4. Mindful Alcohol Consumption:
Yes you might want to drink alcohol while away, so considering setting an intention while away. Such as planning alcohol free days, avoiding rounds with others, having a pint of water between alcoholic drinks, having days where you only have 1 glass of wine with dinner etc…
5. Prioritise Rest and Relaxation:
Did you ever return from a break away saying “I need a holiday to recover from that holiday”? Amidst the excitement and exploration, remember to carve out time for rest and relaxation. Whether it’s getting a good night’s sleep to rejuvenate your body and mind or taking short 15-minute naps within the first half of the day, make self-care a priority. Balancing activities with moments of rest will leave you feeling refreshed and energised following your holiday.
6. Ease Back into Your Routine:
Returning from a break away can be challenging, especially when it comes to reestablishing your health routine. I see with clients they can tend to use guilt from neglecting their health over the holiday as motivation to dive headfirst into intense workouts or strict dietary restrictions. Or they feel so overwhelmed they do nothing. Let me suggest a third way that in my opinion is healthier… allow yourself a 1-2 week period to ease back into your healthy habits gradually. Start with smaller steps and progress at a comfortable pace. This approach will help you transition smoothly without the feelings of shame and guilt.
Remember that maintaining your health doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing approach, its all about small choices. By implementing these six tips, you can keep your health in check guilt-free during your holiday. So go ahead, enjoy your getaway, and return home feeling balanced and recharged!
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It’s an excellent resource to encourage others to prioritise their health while enjoying their summer holiday. Let’s inspire one another to make the most of our time off without neglecting our wellbeing.