Another Bank Holiday Weekend and it’s raining this morning. We are at a dance weekend, local to us, and were going to take our caravan, but as it’s only 8 miles away, and we only got back on Tuesday we will travel each day – giving me free mornings at home and a chance to catch up.

I missed emailing you last week as I was on holiday with Simon and my mum Valerie. I wrote in my 50+ Newsletter:

I’ve been away for a week, I spent time in Malta with my husband, Simon, and my mum, Valerie. My mum is 84, and can’t walk long distances so we had to arrange for assistance at the airport and a disabled room. She loved seeing her brother, his wife and her niece, and loved being in the sun and all the entertainment in the hotel. I wasn’t sure how it would go but it went very well and we’ll be taking my mum there again next year. She got on so well in the hotel that Simon and I could take some time to see Malta with day trips to Valetta and Mdina and an afternoon with my cousin. I saw my Uncle and Aunty several times too.
I’m helping my mum have some good experiences, as in the next year or so it might be too difficult for her. And I’ve made some good memories for me too. What sort of memories are you going to create this year?

Whilst I do like getting in touch weekly, at times something must give.

This holiday was very different to my time in Australia, where we were busy every day; there was so much to see. This time the focus was on helping my mum have a good time and relaxing. It’s 11 years since I’ve had this type of holiday and it was good for me. I find relaxing difficult, but lying on a sunbed around the pool with a cocktail close by was quite easy. My featured article this time is on why we need holidays.

This time I’d like to share

  1. The Latest Kitchen Conversation Video
  2. The Benefits of a holiday
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… and if I can be of help with you, perhaps you want to talk through some changes or plans around careers or your wider life then get in touch.
Till next time, Denise x

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The Benefits of a Holiday

There are many benefits of a holiday. Holidays are a time to stop thinking of work, and to let thoughts go. We can do this best by getting straight before we go away, and avoiding checking work emails. If you are an employee you shouldn’t be bothered whilst on holiday. It gets a little different when you work for yourself, like me, so what I do is set myself a couple of times a day when I’ll browse emails, such as to do this whilst drinking coffee after lunch and again late afternoon after my shower. For the rest of my time my mail is set so it doesn’t come through to my phone.  This works for me and if you are in a similar position would probably work for you.
We love our holidays, a chance to get away from the daily grid and recharge. This can be 2 weeks in the sun, but it can also be a shorter break too.
Here’s some key tips to get the most benefits from a holiday:

Before you go away

Make sure you are up to date on your work, you have checked deadlines and nothing needs to be completed on the first day back.
Set up an auto message to say you are away and to advise people to contact a colleague – who knows what you are doing this or let people know when you will be back, and you can fib and add on an extra day. Even better have your auto message set as ‘all messages received whilst away will be deleted, please resend after <return date>’. If you can’t do this and you return to 1,000+ don’t plan to deal with them all in one day. Gradually deal with them over the coming week.  If anything is urgent they’ll send it again.

While away

To get the most benefits from a holiday: Allow time for you to relax. If we go away with family we can be focused on making sure they are having fun, but think about you too.
Have time when you can properly relax rather than to fill each day with activity.  Relaxing doesn’t have to be lazing on the sunbed, it could be time to go on a hike or read a great book. Think about what will rejuvenate you and make sure you do this to get the most benefits from a holiday.
And a holiday doesn’t have to be a trip to the beach. If you have chosen to stay at home you could decide to do something different. Perhaps to practice playing a musical instrument each day, or learn a language.
This could be 2 weeks where you go to the gym each day and walk too – a fitness 2-week break sounds good to me and you won’t have put on the weight you then need to shift!

Helpful tips to smooth your return to work, so you get the benefits of a holiday

  1. Plan your day of return – Spend at least a day at home before returning to work to deal with personal and household tasks and to get your sleep patterns back to normal if you have travelled across time zones.  Rather than face a full 5 days back at work could you return on a Thursday so you only face a short week?
  2. Prioritise your work – You can’t deal with 2 weeks back up in a day or two, so be realistic. Focus on what is important and urgent.
  3. Don’t stay late to catch up – We can often feel tempted to work late to deal with the back log, but it is much better to keep the evenings free as time for you so you can keep the holiday feeling a bit longer.
  4. Plan a treat.  Maybe not another 2-week holiday but a weekend away or even a day in the country, something that will again take you out of your normal daily life will give you something to look forward to.
  5. Remind yourself of what you like about the job – It’s too easy to feel dissatisfied with the job when you compare it to a pleasurable holiday, so think about some of the good things about the job and don’t moan to others about how you wish you were still away.



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Published On: May 28th, 2017 / Categories: Uncategorized /

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