I love holidays; I mean, who doesn’t? It gives us an opportunity to refresh our mind, body and spirit so that we come home looking and feeling great! It also gives us an opportunity to splurge on the buffet breakfast (just one more pancake and hash brown won’t hurt, surely?), get slightly sun burnt (not to worry, it will turn into a tan), and drink those refreshing cocktails by the pool. Yep, holidays are great! However, often we can return feeling sluggish, bloated and get the post holiday blues.
As I love to travel, and I am leaving for Bali in a few days for my holiday, I thought I would share some tips that are good for our mind, body and spirit whilst on holidays, so that when you’re planning your next holiday, you might like to try them too, so that you return feeling refreshed and re-energized.
1. Do some form of physical activity every day
Now hear me out before you screw up your nose and switch to YouTube to check out the latest cat clips. Physical activity can be exciting and fun, and still feel like you are on holidays. Here are a few suggestions:
Hire a bike: Bike riding throughout the local town or countryside is a cheap and easy way to see the local surroundings. You can explore more of the city you might not see by other means of transportation. It is also a great lower body workout, and many cities and towns have bikes to hire.
Walk to explore: What better way to experience the local sights, smells, sounds and people than to walk instead of taking a taxi or bus. This can be a walk along the beach, walking through towns, walking to a restaurant for dinner or a romantic walk with that special someone.
Take a local dance class: If you’re in a different culture to that of your own, explore the local dance classes, for example, if you’re in Spain, try the Flamenco dance! Not only is it great for your health, it will also provide an opportunity for you to get to know some of the locals, which is always an added bonus!
Go snorkelling: You get to explore the underwater world and see the world from a different perspective. Your glutes, thighs and arms get a good work out too. It’s really a win/win situation.
Climb a mountain: Some of the most beautiful memories I have are climbing Mount Sinai at sunset, climbing Table Mountain in Cape Town and climbing the rock formations in Matopos, Zimbabwe. You get to see the local surroundings from a different perspective. It can be physically challenging, yet also a spiritual experience as you stand in awe of the magnificence of natural beauty and wonder at the ancient cultures gone before you.
Take a surf lesson: You might not even stand on that surfboard but guaranteed you will laugh at yourself trying! It’s a full body workout and when you are on that surfboard, it feels like you are flying! It is a brilliant way to release endorphins, get fit and have a laugh.
2. Drink plenty of water (between the piña coladas)
I know holidays are for having fun, and that can include cheeky cocktails by the pool at 11am, a wine or two with your dinner, and a glass of champagne leading into the evening, however, your liver also needs some love! Drink at least three litres of water a day throughout the day to give your liver a holiday too, and your skin will thank you.
3. Meditate/reflect/have gratitude
Often we can get so caught up being ‘busy’ on our holidays and pack as much as we can into the day that we forget to just ‘be’ in the moment. To really reflect upon the beauty that surrounds us. To take those still moments at sunset and just be thankful for where we are and what we are doing, to lie on our backs and look at the sky being grateful for the stars above. Being on a holiday is such a blessing that 1/3 of the world’s population may never experience due to living in extreme poverty. We have the fortune of being away, having fun, eating, resting, partying and enjoying life. Be thankful for it and take a few moments away from the hustle and bustle to just pause and ‘be’.
4. Don’t let a selfie ruin a self discovery
Yep, guilty as charged. I love a good selfie every now and then so I can show my friends on Facebook and Instagram where I am or who I am with. However, it can become addictive. Instead of being happy in the moment, enjoying the company you are with, and reflecting on all the beauty around you, you want to take that perfect shot. So you take a shot, but your eyes were closed. So you take another, but you miss the background, so you take another, and you have a double chin, so you take one more, the last one, you promise, and yep, it is good enough, and with a filter, it will be perfect! Five minutes later, you have the perfect photo to capture what ‘was’ the perfect moment. Then you upload it to Instagram and Facebook and stare at it for a minute more, seeing if it gets any immediate likes, before putting it away to watch that sunset, just to notice it has nearly gone, along with that perfect moment. Getting the perfect photo can ruin a perfect moment. Yes, take pictures, because they are capturing memories, however, be aware of your intention behind the picture and if it is actually capturing the memory or ruining it.
5. Enjoy the breakfast buffet
You heard it – enjoy it! How often do you get to eat all that food for hours on end that you would never eat at home? Make the most of it, however, include one healthy meal a day. Perhaps have a light salad for lunch, or a bowl of soup for dinner. Your stomach also needs a rest from digesting all that food, and the last thing you want is to look four months pregnant in your bikini body, bathing on the beach! Also, listen to your body too. If it doesn’t want that third chocolate croissant then perhaps leave it for someone else. After all, the fruit salad might be calling your name!
Megan Jaworski is a leadership empowerment coach and education consultant. Register for her free webinar today to hear ‘Three Tips To Unleash Your Inner Bliss’.