Modern society is not proving to be as stress-free as we’d have hoped and through a combination of being overworked and underpaid, the day-to-day routine of life in the twenty-first century is not as easy as we may have thought it might have been.
Getting the balance between how much time we spend at the office and how much time we spend at home is often quite a taxing task within itself and once we have any free time we often are in a rush to make the most of it. Gyms, socialising and spending ‘quality’ time with the family are all exactly what we should be doing to relax and enjoy ourselves however, we often have to cram these activities into an already overcrowded schedule which can leave us frustrated and stressed which is exactly the opposite of what we were wishing to achieve in the first place.
The obvious answer to combat the stresses of every-day-life is to take a break and do something completely different to what we’re used to. For many, that all-important one or two week holiday is what they look forward to all year round and can make all the difference between staying sane and going into total meltdown.
Below are just five ideas on how to relax when you manage to get some time off and if you can take some of those magical ingredients that evoke happy memories and calming thoughts then you’re well on the way to surviving the rest of the daily grind.
Life’s a beach
Getting away from it all and experiencing the feeling of warm sand between your toes is often many people’s vision of complete and utter bliss. As long as the sun is high and the sand is soft then there’s just something about sitting on a deck chair and listening to the sound of waves gently lapping against the shore that makes you feel totally relaxed.
I say, bell boy!
Waiter service, sitting poolside and no cleaning make hotel holidays a sublime experience and if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford it then 5-star luxury is the only way to go. This is one of the ultimate means of enjoying your time away from home and as you get to be waited on hand and foot you’ll feel instantly stress-free in no time at all.
Messing about on the water
Sailing holidays with companies like Sunsail are simply awesome for enjoying absolutely every minute of the day. Lounging on deck, discovering new shores and diving into the water from a secluded anchorage all typify what you can expect from a holiday afloat. No matter what your level of competence, hiring a craft with or without crew is an awesome idea for a peaceful break.
Let me here you say yeah!
Music, food or literary, whatever you’re into then there’s a festival with your name on it. This is a great way to get back to basics and experience life as it should be: under canvas and cooking outside. Once you strip yourself of the technology, materialism and walls associated with modern living then you’ll soon see how easily you relax and take it easy.
We’re we going today?
Hopping between islands, jumping on local busses or simply walking from one point to the next, if you get the chance to travel on your next break from work then you’ll probably be in for one of the most relaxing experiences that you could ever wish for. The key is to prepare in advance and once you’ve packed and jotted down a route then you can start to set off without a care in the world.
Biog: Chris thoroughly recommends going to a festival if you want to really get away from the shackles of the modern world.