By Peter Minkoff Contributing Author, a passionate writer, professional fashion, lifestyle, and health, expert
Summer vacations are a perfect time to de-stress, take some time to relax, and invest in self-care. Some might say that just by being on vacation, you will feel much better and relaxed, but we know that there are a few extra steps you can take to create an extra positive experience.
Take some time to rest
Normally, we are overwhelmed by daily obligations and duties, so by the time our summer vacation starts, we have created a habit of waking up early, and worrying all day long about all the tasks. So, the first step is to rest as much as you can so that you can enjoy all the activities, and use the rest of the time to the max. Take a day or two to just relax, sleep, and get your energy back, plus it will help you get in the vacation mood, and not feel guilty and tense over not doing any work.
Get as much sun as you can
For many, the idea of an idyllic summer vacation is time spent by the beach, sunbathing, and enjoying the water. If you have been preparing for months before the vacation, and you want to show off your body, make sure to get the right bikini bottoms that will enable you to relax, be comfortable, and look great. Bring a book, or a board game with you, so that both you and your friends can enjoy, and why not, order a cocktail. After all, it’s a vacation, right?
Staying active during your holiday does not mean you have to be tired and pressured. However, continuing with your exercise routine, going on trips, and trying different sports and activities will make your vacation more exciting, and will keep you engaged, energized, and positive. This is also a great way to get rid of all the negative energy you have been building up, and just feel calm. A great way to do this is to try surfing, paddleboarding, hiking, biking, or any other activity that is popular at your travel destination. You can even try yoga or meditation, especially at sunrise or sunset, to make the experience even more special.
Be more mindful
Traveling, meeting new cultures, people, and getting to know their history is a spiritual experience. You get to learn a lot, plus it is a great way to stay away from all the phones, social networks, and technology, which may be causing you more stress than you realize. Take this time to enjoy and appreciate nature, the mountains, rivers, and the ocean. Reconnect with family and friends by spending quality time together, and take out your phone when you need to take a photo, or speak to someone.
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Don’t mind the calories
Yes, we have mentioned that exercising on vacation is important, but that is more a psychological aspect, than the fact you’re going to get fat. However, this is not the time you want to worry about the calories and your diet, especially because it probably causes enough stress on a daily basis. So, while on vacation, enjoy the foods you like, try something new, especially the cuisine from the place you are traveling to. Don’t say no to a pint of beer, or cake, because this is a great way to de-stress and fully enjoy your vacation.
Pamper yourself a bit more
A summer holiday, especially a well-deserved one, after working hard, lets you indulge a bit more. Pamper yourself by getting a spa or facial treatment, or a massage. Sit by the pool all day, and don’t do anything. Even the smallest steps, like buying yourself flowers, a cup of coffee, or the quality wine will make you feel special, rested, and happy.
De-stress on your vacation does not only make it better, and lets you enjoy fully, but it also prepares you for when you need to go back to your normal day to day activities. You will feel rested, recharged, and energized, so it is worthwhile trying some of these steps.
Peter is a health writer at HighStyleLife magazine, living between Europe and New Zealand. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.