That summer 2020 is going to be different to previous summers is not exactly news, as many events that usually mark this time of year are cancelled due to coronavirus and current travel restrictions mean holiday plans have more than likely had to change. How can you ensure that the summer still feels like summer and that you get the relaxation time that you need and are used to?
Have time off
Many people have been working from home for months now, which means you are likely to have been working longer hours than normal and feel that you have a worse work-life balance than prior to the pandemic. I think we can all agree that hour upon hour of video calls is exhausting, so for me the most important tip is to make sure that you have some time off over the summer, even if you are not sure what you will do with it yet. We all need time to relax. Prioritising time off will give you an opportunity to recharge and to build your resilience for the rest of the year.
Start by asking yourself what it is you most enjoy about holidays. It may be simply having the time off, trying new activities, spending time with friends and family, eating nice food, exploring new places, visiting galleries, travelling. Work out what time off means to you - and now you can get creative.
How can you have some of those experiences this summer? This is where the lateral thinking comes in. If you’re anything like me, there are still loads of local places that you have not been to, so why don’t you make time to do that this summer? If visiting museums and art galleries when you’re abroad is your thing, there are many virtual visits you can make, or visit a museum of gallery in the UK that has reopened. If it is simply getting away that you love, try to work out if there are friends or family you could visit, or see if there are campsites or holiday cottages available somewhere you haven’t been before. If you can’t go anywhere, think how you can make your time at home feel more holiday.
Being on holiday is often synonymous with treating yourself, so think about how to incorporate treats into your staycation or altered summer plans. Making your time off feel special will help you to relax and will make the time feel different to everyday life. It’s another great opportunity to get creative. One of the best lockdown treats I’ve had was a cocktail making box will all the ingredients, which was fun to make and also meant I tried something new.
This is your summer holiday, so ensure that you communicate that to your colleagues and clients – just as you would if you were going away. Stay away from your phone and email and avoid the temptation to ‘just’ have a look at something that can wait until you are back at work. The same applies to chores around the house if you are at home, give yourself a break and remind yourself that if it’s something that you’ve been putting off for ages another week or two will unlikely make a difference and you will be feel recharged and motivated after you have given yourself a proper break.
Mindset is all
Finally, mindset is all. If you can treat your time off as a holiday you can really make it feel like a holiday. Remind yourself of how much better you feel when you get back to work after time off and know that you can benefit in the same way this summer.
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