Hey guys and happy Friday, or whenever you happen to be reading this post . . . ☺️
Today marks the last scheduled day of posting for me for two weeks. I am headed on holiday holiday (note the italics) for two weeks with my family.
Today I want to touch on why we all need to take a proper break, and how to do so. Because let’s face it, with social media, emails and flexible work, it can be hard to totally switch off.
Read on for my take on why and how to take a proper holiday, and my intentions for trying to do so over the next two weeks . . . !
Why To Take A Proper Holiday
Everyone needs those precious few days or weeks when you can totally switch. off.
As this article on Inc.com shares, taking holiday time helps to reduce your stress levels, improves productivity and sleep quality, and has even been linked to preventing heart disease.
We all lead busy lives and are constantly fed information. Sometimes we don’t even realise how much we are taking in . . .
For example, if you are at work, checking email, have a tab open for ASOS, are scrolling Instagram, listening to music . . . you are already doing FIVE things at one time. Each of which is feeding you information.
A holiday provides total detachment from the day to day noise of life. Not to mention it allows us to recuperate our energy, soak up some sunshine (if that’s your jam – which btw mine totally is ☀️) and explore somewhere new.
This is a brilliant article by Lauren Hooker on exactly why we all need to take a break, especially if you run your own business.
Why take a holiday? Because we all need to. We need to refuel, gain some perspective, have real-life experiences and ENJOY the adventure.
How To Take A Proper Holiday
1 – Choose a time of year which is convenient for you and your work.
We all have busy periods of the year at work, these are not going to be ideal times to travel as you are more likely to be contacted whilst away. Get to know the quieter periods at work and aim to book your holiday then. By doing so you will be less likely to feel the need to check in with work, or have too much to catch up on when you return.
If you are new to your company or business, ask your coworkers or contemporaries when the quieter times for your industry are.
2 – Have a work buffer.
Get ahead of yourself weeks in advance of your holiday by creating handover notes if needed, and alerting your clients to your time away. Communication allows people to prepare for your absence.
With this in mind it is important to set boundaries for communication whilst you are away. Perhaps you would like to be available for emergencies via phone, but not CC’d in to every email. Choose your boundaries, and make your colleagues aware.
When it comes to organising your return from holiday, aim for at least one ‘buffer day’ when you can organise your emails and ease back in to work. Furthermore, identify if there is something you can do now which you would otherwise have to do immediately on your return.
3 – Take a tech break.
“Argh the Instagram opportunities of holidays are too tempting!” – I hear you. I genuinely love sharing imagery from foreign travel, I think it is beautiful, inspiring and an awesome memory timeline. Here’s the stickler – if you are sharing on Instagram, you are using your phone, which can lead you down a rabbit hole . . .
For the two weeks I will be away, I am going to try at least three days of no uploading to Instagram. The leniency I have given myself is that I will stock up on imagery if I see something I would like to capture to upload at a later date. I’ll let you guys know how I get on . . .
And If You Havn’t Booked A Holiday Yet?
If you haven’t booked a holiday yet, here are a few tips for cheaper travel . . . EVERYONE deserves a break . . .
Travel is an expense, no two-ways about it, but there is always an affordable way of travelling. I am signed up to newsletters from Easy Jet, STA Travel and British Airways, all of which send out sale alerts and deals via email.
When I see a great deal for somewhere I have been hoping to go to, I pounce. For the last couple of years Oli and I have nabbed flights to New York for around £350 and a trip to Barcelona for under £80 each! You can also opt to stay in hostels (we always use Hostel World) or Air BnBs to knock down the cost even further.
If foreign travel is a complete no no, then simply taking a few days off to relax at home can be heaven too. How often do you just crave time to sleep, catch up on magazines and generally laze? . . . the dream!
Bye Bye For Now ????????
So that’s it from me for a couple of weeks now. I am really excited about some time away with my family. For the first time since having the blog I feel at peace with just switching off. When I was deciding what to do about my holiday, I took my own advice and tried to lean in to my emotions. I was feeling stressed at the thought of pre-planning content, or trying to work whilst away. We are always in charge of what we do, and in this instance I am choosing to take a holiday.
For fans of Croissant Reading, the last email before my holiday will go out tomorrow AM, sign up to our newsletter to be sure to receive it.
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In my absence, here are a few articles about travel to take your fancy whilst I am away. . .
Holiday Articles To Read In The Mean Time
From around the web . . .
Packing for a European holiday (5 Things I have Learnt) on A Pair & A Spare
Travel on A House In The Hills – there are too many gorgeous articles to choose from here. So enjoy the tag!
Packing Organisation on Gal Meets Glam
What To Pack In You Carry-On on Advice From A Twentysomething
From The Elgin Avenue . . .
Have a brilliant few weeks guys!
Love, Monica x