How to Have a Stress Free Holiday – Before and After


The UK has been basking in glorious sunshine for the past 15 days and more is set to continue next week. The holiday season is well and truly here.

You may be going on holiday soon. Perhaps you’re on one at the moment. We all deserve a decent break over the summer, and it’s great to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

However, a vacation can often create anxiety and worry both before and after you return. If you’re concerned with negative feelings around your holiday, or at the prospect of experiencing them, then the following tips will help you:

Accept that it will come to an end

Ever experienced post-vacation blues, where your plane is about to land in your native country or your car has just turned into your drive after a week away on the coast, and there is a feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach? This is from knowing that your holiday as come to an end.

Well, this is caused by resistance to change. Remind yourself before you even go on your vacation that it will end, just like everything else, which is governed by the natural law of arising and passing. This way you will be expecting that an end has to come, rather than wishing it never does.

Maintain balance of your mind

We all like pleasant experiences such as wonderful vacations. However, in general we want to avoid unpleasant experiences like getting back into our daily routines. Whether the experience is good, or bad, it is the same. By looking at your holiday experience objectively and also how you feel once you return in the same way, you won’t get too attached to the pleasant emotions or the undesirable ones. This will help your mind to remain balanced.

Leave your work alone

When you go on holiday, take a total pause from your work. Only by doing this, will you actually be able to rest and enjoy your holiday. Otherwise, your attention will remain focused on work and this is not really taking a proper holiday is it?

If you really do need to work while on holiday, then set a certain period of time during the day to deal with phone calls and e-mails and stick to it.

Take a day or a two get back into it

If you’re schedule allows it, extend your holiday for a day or two when you get back. Although holidays can be relaxing, if you’ve been travelling across the world, then your body will need some time to get settled back into the particular time in your country. Some extra time at home can also act as peaceful rest before getting back into work.

Continue with activities you enjoyed

If there was a particular activity you enjoyed doing on your break, and if you can continue doing so when you get back, then make effort to do so. For example if you tried salsa dancing while on your vacation, then join a class when you get back. Such activities you do on holiday and continue on your return are wonderful ways to remain occupied and to increase your happiness.

My friends, it’s over to you:

• What other ways can we use to deal with anxiety before a vacation and negative feelings after we return?
• Please share your valuable views, experiences and thoughts in the comments box below.
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  1. Hi Hiten,

    Ah.. holidays! I did have them a month back but I couldn’t make it as stress free as I wanted them to be. I realized that I had some or the other anxiety all the time; before, during, and after.

    My anxieties were all regarding my blog and my blogging tasks, which I consider as my duty. So, I guess I, and others who sail in the same boat as me, should accept your suggestion to leave all work behind to enjoy the vacations, and hire a person or outsource some tasks that you think cannot be neglected or delayed, so that they don’t bother you when you return from your holidays.

    Everybody reacts to the same situation differently. For example, take my case – I’m actually elated and happy on reaching back home because it is then only that I’ll be able to fulfill the requirements of my blog and other writing assignments because it plays on my mind otherwise. Unless of course I just give it all up and head for a ‘real’ vacation, which I badly need!

    So, I guess your holiday sickness also depends on how much you love and like your work, place, or whether you’re a person prone to home sickness. But your advice to take some time in getting back to the rut of life and joining activity classes is good and would certainly help those who hate to miss on their holidays.

    Thanks for this great post, Hiten. have a lovely Sunday 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      Thank you so much for leaving your wonderful comment and sharing your experiences of this area.

      I can certainly relate to what you wrote about challenges around blogging. Indeed, I think with blogging (at least for me) there is a perception that things happen so quickly online that we need to keep pace. I was quite impressed with Galen Pearl recently who took a complete break for blogging for two months.

      Your point about holiday sickness was very interesting. Indeed, there can also be the case that we love what we do so much, we are in fact looking forward to getting back into it and it isn’t really an anxiety at all.

      Many thanks for commenting, Harleena and have a good rest of the week! 🙂

  2. Hiten, good, practical advice. I especially appreciate what you said about unplugging from work while on vacation and continuing to do what we enjoy while on vacation when we come home. I really like the anticipation of just having the time to read a book from cover to cover while on vacation and having unstructured time. While trying to get everything done before going away can be quite stressful, I always find the anticipation of what’s to come when I’m on vacation far outweigh the stress.

    1. Hi Alice,

      I’m really glad you could appreciate the advice in this post.

      Indeed, I can relate to what you said about enjoying unstructured time when on vacation. This is what I also enjoy about a good holiday.

      I liked what you wrote about the how our thoughts about how enjoyable the vacation will be can overbear the stress before go on our trip. It’s like we have the knowledge that we will experience some discomfort before we enjoy ourselves.

      Thanks for commenting Alice and for adding so much more value to this post.

  3. Sometimes it’s good to take breaks.
    I’ve noticed more and more bloggers are posting ‘hiatus’ type posts to let their readers know that they’ll be out of the game for a while to wind down.
    Blogging is a very repetitive job. Especially when you have weekly blog posts to write and ongoing promotion and networking to keep on top of.
    Never realised how much work there was to it until I started a blog of my own lol

    1. Hi Onder,

      Indeed, it is important to keep taking breaks.

      I can appreciate what you wrote about blogging being a busy task. It’s like what I said in my response to Harleena above. There can be a perception that things happen so fast on the web and that we need to keep up with the pace.

      Absolutely, we certainly can take breaks from blogging through informing our readers we will be away for a bit.

      Many thanks for adding so much more to this post, Onder.

  4. Taking a day out of the office when I am back from the holiday is the best thing! It means I am eased into the return to work.

    I like to have things to look forward to, so I like to plan a few social events for after the holiday is over, before I leave.

    Some great tips here, Hiten.

    – Razwana

    1. Hi Razwana,

      I’m really glad you liked the tips, my friend! How are you? Hope you’re well.

      Like you, I too like to take a day off before returning to work. Otherwise I would be too tired and disorientated to get back into work, especially if I had been abroad.

      I loved your idea of planning some fun social activities for when your holiday is over. This is a nice way to keep the enjoyment going!

      Thanks for commenting and adding more value to this post.

  5. Hey Hiten,

    Holiday’s (or vacation as they say in the states) is a great time. I think travel in general no matter where you go is an enriching experience.

    I like what you said about understanding it will all come to an end. I vacationed about a month ago to visit my sister. It was a great time and I really enjoyed hanging out with family. It was definitely tough to leave but it all comes back to enjoying the moments you have and understanding there will be plenty more.

    Working while on vacation is definitely an interesting topic. It can be tough to leave your biz at home when it’s all online. But scheduling specific times for it, like you said, definitely seems to be the best way to go.

    Enjoy the sunshine Hiten!

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Indeed, I totally agree with what you said about travel in general being so enriching. It really is wonderful thing to do, isn’t?

      I loved what you wrote about enjoying the moments when you were on vacation. This is great tip to follow during our vacations and as you said, really focus on enjoying each moment and taking in our experiences fully.

      Indeed, I agree that it can be tricky leaving an online business. I guess its personal choice. Some people may feel like taking a complete break, whereas others may even enjoying spending some time on their online business while away.

      Many thanks for adding so much more to this post, Kevin!

  6. What a great post and topic! When we are fully focused and not distracted with work during a vacation it allows us to relax and renew our self’s. During vacation or get always I try and limit my access or time online/writing. Great thoughts!

    1. Hi Dan,

      I’m so glad you liked the post, my friend and thanks for your words of appreciation!

      It’s great to hear that you try and limit your activities online when you’re on vacation. I’m the same. Indeed, as you quite rightly said, when we’re fully focused on relaxing and do so, it really does help to rejuvenate ourselves.

      Many thanks for adding so much more value to this post, Dan and hope you’re having a good week!

  7. It’s been so long since I took a vacation I’m a little rusty, but I think you’ve covered it very well Hiten. The only thing I’d emphasize is going the extra mile to prepare before leaving and to suck it up and delegate when you can so that as little as possible ends up piling up. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    1. Hi Marty,

      Many thanks for leaving your great comment, my friend!

      I loved the additional ways you shared to help deal with anxiety before we go on vacation. Indeed, proper planning before we go on our trip can do wonders to alleviate any stresses and makes so much sense to do.

      Thanks for adding more value to this post, Marty. 🙂

  8. Though this article of yours is quiet from its words but is echoing from the meaning behind your statements of those words. It has got an essence of meaning. Stress has become a routine of our lives and it corrodes our mind and soul both like a slow poison. And yes your article at such a point can work best as a healing power.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this thing with us.


    1. Hi Charmie,

      I’m so glad you could connect with the underlying meanings in this post.

      As you quite rightly said, stress really does corrode our spirits. We need to vigilant of stress and how we create it, and make conscious efforts to create habits that help us deal with stress when it arises.

      Thanks for leaving your great comment!

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