Tips to being present on your holiday

A holiday is a time for ultimate indulgence and relaxation.

As a much needed break from reality, make sure to really switch off from your usual routine and be present throughout your holiday.

Here are some modern-day tips to decompress and declutter your thoughts. We promise, you’ll enjoy your holiday a hell of a lot more if you forget about the contents of you inbox.

1.Wake up when you wake up 
Obviously this one has to apply to you once you settle into your holiday, however there is nothing nicer than letting your body rest and wake up when it wants to.

Don’t set your usual alarm and if you do need to be somewhere, change your alarm sound to something completely different from your usual routine.

This small psychological step will ensure you don’t panic your body to think about your usual schedule.

2.Wake up with the sun 
On a summer holiday, ditch the blackout curtains and embrace the morning sun.

You find you’ll wake up happier with the natural melonin boost.

3. Eat breakfast without technology
Whether it’s a decadent buffet breakfast or a croissant and a cup of tea take this time to wonder at the world around, instead of staring into your phone.

When you’re on holiday make a point to delight each of your senses.

Your sense of smell is the strongest for memory, so make a point to stop and smell the air

4. Exercise outdoors 
While you might be used to gyms at home, on holidays switch up your routine and exercise outside.

Whether it’s going for a hike to a local ruin, going for a big swim or doing a body weight circuit in a nearby park, the more you are amongst the local culture, the better.

5. If you need to check your emails do it once a day then leave it alone
There is nothing worse than having one foot in Italy and the other foot in the office.
While it’s ideal to switch off completely, that’s not always achievable.

Instead of checking emails intermittently throughout the day, set aside a time and do it consistently.

It’s a good idea to set the rules on your out of office ( include the appropriate time difference) so any invested parties know the best time to reach you.

5. Sit and observe 
This one is very similar to enjoying a sensory experience. If you are on a train or tanning by a beach take some of that time to do it technology free.

Unplugging will help you unwind and really take in your surroundings.
Take deep breaths and try and capture the moments in your memory.

When you’re back from holidays it will be these moments, not the thousands of photos that you will remember the most.

6. Snap now, post later
With the immediacy of social media, there is this pressure to want to impress your friends with your travel pics.

When you’re at a famous site take a look around at the number of people hooked to their phones, editing photos and captions.

Take the photo, enjoy the moment then when you’re back in your hotel upload your photo.

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