How to combat stress on vacation

Most of us plan our vacations either home or abroad to try to escape the stresses at home. And not specifically problems in your home, it could be work stresses or even family. I know when I go on vacation the idea is to relax and enjoy my destination and forget about work. But I can confess right now, I suck at forgetting about work so much that I travel with my work phone.

Many of us are guilty of checking out work emails instead of just enjoying the vacation and F all. It is the current culture but it should not be the norm by any means. We should be able to distinguish between relaxing and working and set boundaries. Today I am sharing a guest post that has the resource on how we can combat stress on vacation.

combat stress on vacation

How to combat stress on vacation

As the evenings start to get darker and the temperature slowly dropping, the reality of winter creeps up on us. Summer may be over, but it’s never too late to book that last-minute getaway for some sun. That’s the thing about holidays, you can pack up your suitcase and grab your passport at any time of the year. Whether you want to relax in the sun or go on a fun-filled trip in the snow with friends.

The possibilities are endless, there are so many different destinations you can choose from.  Being open-minded about the destinations you want to visit makes it easier to find quirky places all year round.  As much as beach or pool lounging is fun. try not to always go for the places that are boiling hot. You should aim for something more adventurous and spontaneous like going on road trips.

combat stress on vacation

That being said, life can often get in the way of the desire to travel and see the world. Family or work commitments are enough to keep your feet firmly on the ground for most of the year. It’s also enough to make you feel stressed, so make sure that you are putting yourself and your health first. Unfortunately holidays aren’t like magic (might feel like it), there are times when the stresses of life will follow you. To help combat stress on vacation, Hayes and Jarvis have created ‘The Four Pillars of Holiday Relaxation’. Their online tool is a handy way to learn how to make the most of your trip, and leave your stresses at the airport.

Take some time for yourself, and relax

Holidays are often a great way to unwind for most of us, but not everyone is able to switch off completely. Hayes and Jarvis also commissioned a survey that found that a third of the nation are unable to unwind from work worries while on holiday. That is a considerable portion of the population, if you’re in that third, then have a little read of their expert advice. Whether you have already been on vacation this year or have a trip upcoming have a read of this document. It will help you to reflect on how to combat stress on vacation and plan better for future vacations.

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  • Good points. i really try to unplug on vacation, but it’s hard with social media begging you to share!

  • You make some good points. What really helps me is taking some time for myself to de-stress. That helps a lot.

  • Pam

    I really try to unplug on vacation by avoiding social media as much as possible. I may post things but try not to get caught up in following everyone else.

  • Amanda

    I get so stressed and anxious while traveling so this article is right up my alley. I have also learned to just leave my blog alone every time I go on vacation!

  • Rosemary Anderson Palmer

    As my work is my blog, I don’t stress over it. I try to be caught up and just work as I want.

  • It is so hard to leave the stresses of life and work at home when on vacation. I have found that just staying unplugged helps a lot. So no phone, tablet or computer. It allows you to focus on the moments and not any notifications coming from a device.

  • Rachel Akers

    Stress on vacation is the worst, it is supposed to be stress free. But when we are used to always being on the go, switching can be tough.

  • Sometimes I do have a hard time switching off when I’m supposed to be on vacation. The four pillars are really helpful!

  • I used to pack so many activities into my vacation that it became very stressful as I never really have time for week long vacations. Now when I take my long weekends I may identify one thing I need to do or see and spend the rest of my time exploring and relaxing.

  • This is some great advice. I have a real hard time letting go of stress while on vacation.

  • Candy Kage

    Stress and vacation do go with each other at all. We plan our trips and expenses and book ahead of time if possible. I just book as much ahead of time as possible and get it over with.

  • Thank you for the post, I’m going to use your tips. I always try to load up on our activities and it ends up becoming a stressful time. I need to learn to relax.

  • Jeanette

    When I go on vacation I try to unplug as much as I can. I mean you’re paying to enjoy the place you chose to go on vacation. So for me I am able to relax but it does take a few days. Great tips.

  • Tomi_C

    I really, really, really try to focus on savoring every single moment of my vacations. No time to worry about what goes on at the office. I have to trust everything will be just as good as it was when I left.

  • Julee

    i love this. I am guilty of not “letting it go” when on vacation. It makes for regret on the return. Thank you for these tips. I have printed these to make a reminder to myself to enjoy a vacation.

  • I try to always relax on vacation. For the most part I am able to do this, unless a member of my family gets cranky. This is why I don’t mind traveling alone.

  • Jaime Nicole

    Planning a vacation can be so stressful, and for me sometimes there is pressure to do everything and see everything. Just taking time to relax is a great thing!

  • Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    If I’m not with my kids I have no problem with stress but if they come forget it.

  • these are such great ideas, it can be such a stressful time going on holiday, with having to remember all sorts and making sure you have everything scheduled.