Still stressed when abroad? Vitality offers some useful advice

Taking a holiday is a great way to relax and get away from the stresses of the workplace. In fact, our own Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey shows that almost three quarters (73%) of Britain’s workforce suffer from at least one dimension of work-related stress. Time pressure at work, inability to lead a healthy work-life balance and working over 40 hour weeks were the main causes of stress in the workplace.

Despite holidays being a remedy for this stress, many find it difficult to switch off from their everyday lives when they’re abroad, and often come back from their holidays more stressed and flustered than when they left. If you’re guilty of this, try to adhere to these top tips from Andy Magill, Vitality’s Corporate Wellness Coach to help you successfully de-stress whilst on holiday.

Relax on holiday

1) Switch off…literally. Constant connectivity to mobile devices has become one of the typical attributes of the modern day office environment, and many find themselves checking e-mails even when lying on the beach. One of the best possible ways to de-stress when on holiday is to turn off your work mobile, switch your mind off completely from what is going on back home, relax and enjoy the warm weather.

2) Lie in. One of the delights of going on holiday is the luxury of not having to turn over bleary-eyed at 7:00 am every morning to turn off your alarm. Catching up on much-needed sleep is up there as one of the best remedies for combatting stress and relaxing whilst you’re off. In fact, getting in good sleeping habits when you’re away can help you to be more productive when you’re home. Our Britain’s Healthiest Workplace research showed those who slept for six hours or less a night were notably less productive than those who got seven or eight hours sleep

3) Walk. A holiday presents the perfect opportunity to dodge the monotony of stuffy public transport and to shake off the lethargy of the Monday-Friday 9-5 grind. A great way to take in the sights and catch the tourist hotspots is to put on your walking shoes on and stroll around as much as possible. Not only does this small amount of physical activity does wonders for your health through reducing your stress levels and increasing your step count, but you never know what secret spot you may stumble upon that you would have otherwise missed if you were on a bus! However, if going a long distance, take the bus and don’t forget to get a bus pass!

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4) Eat well. Many see a holiday as an opportunity to get out of the routine of eating the same old lunchtime sarnies, however, it’s important that you don’t find yourself over-indulging when abroad. Rather, you should see a holiday as an opportunity to try something different that you could introduce into your diet back home. For instance, many studies cite a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, beans, legumes and fish as a sure fire way to lead a healthier, and consequently happier, life.

5) Swim. If you’re lucky enough to have a swimming pool near you at home then you’ll know the benefits that swimming has on your stress levels. If you’re in a resort or area you’re near a pool or the sea then why not take the time to go for a morning swim? It’s a great way to de-stress and relax for the rest of the day. Swimming is great as water is 12 times as dense as air so it’s a far more effective way of toning your muscles than any other form of cardiovascular exercise that you can do on land.  It can be very relaxing when done at a slow pace and can help you unwind after a hectic year in the office.

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