Summer is here and in full swing. That means it is time for the highly anticipated summer vacation. Regardless of whether you will travel abroad or within the UK, what awaits is a period of relaxation, rest, exploration, and a general carefree attitude.
But, as with all good things, your vacation is destined to end and the inevitable monotony of daily life slowly devours that holiday vibe. Most of us will look back on those memories with fondness, knowing that the holiday feeling we are craving will not be satisfied until next year. It doesn’t have to be this way, though, as there are many ways to introduce the holiday feeling into your daily life. Keep reading to find out 8 ways of getting that summer holiday feeling at home.
Work on the interior
A big part of the relaxing atmosphere we experience while on a holiday comes from the accommodation. The rooms and public areas are decorated and maintained to exude a feeling of freshness and restfulness.
With a little bit of thought and effort, you can replicate this feeling at home.
- De-clutter. One of the first things people often notice about hotels and B&Bs is the lack of clutter. Every surface is clean and anything on display is arranged to be as unobtrusive as possible. Getting rid of clutter at home is not tremendously difficult. If you finish using an item, simply put it away. If you have dirty laundry, put it in a laundry basket near the washing machine instead of piling it up on the floor.
Keeping clutter to a minimum will make your home more welcoming and will leave you and your guests feeling calm, as well as comfortable.
- Decor. Redecorating can have a massive impact on your home, as well as on your outlook on your daily life. When planning a change to the décor, keep your holiday experiences in mind. Think about the colours used and any design features that caught your attention and then add your own unique flair. Just try not to go overboard with any nautical themes or seashells as it is very easy to move from tasteful to cliché.
Limit screen time
Smartphones, tablets, and computer screens take up a ridiculous amount of our time and attention. In most cases, these devices are in use constantly unless the situation hampers their effectiveness, such as not having a signal, wi-fi, or battery juice.
This all changes on holidays. When that time comes, we feel less anxious about not paying attention to our devices and are much less likely to follow our usual screen-filled routine. We do this while on a holiday because we convince ourselves that spending our time in front of a screen is unacceptable. But at home, this behaviour is often rationalised through excuses such as “there is no time”, “I had a hard time at work/school” and a multitude of other reasons.
Limiting your screen time and that of your family will free up a surprising amount of time, which can be spent on family outings, with friends, or even just exploring your town alone.
Create morning and evening rituals
Are there certain things you did in the morning and evening while on a holiday? Maybe it was brewing a pot of fresh coffee and preparing a healthy breakfast, or it could be eating dinner together as a family.
Whatever your holiday ritual may be, replicating it to the best of your ability when at home can help keep that holiday feeling alive. You may also find that you are starting, or ending, the day in a better mood than usual.
This ties in with keeping clutter down to a minimum. One of the reasons hotels and B&B’s exude freshness is because they maintain a high level of cleanliness. We know that hotels employ a small army of cleaning staff to ensure that everything is clean at all times and that there isn’t always time to clean our home from top to bottom every day.
With a simple cleaning routine and 30 minutes (or less) each day, you can keep your home feeling fresh and ready to welcome guests at any time. Check out our articles “How to Create a Cleaning Routine and Stick to It” and “How to Clean Your House in 30 Minutes” for more tips.
While on a holiday, we tend to treat ourselves better than usual. This could be a day spent being pampered in a spa or taking the time to indulge in your interests, such as visiting museums or art galleries. Regardless of the activity, try setting aside some time each week or month to treat yourself and, soon enough, you will be reaping the rewards that come from a calm mind and a relaxed body.
If you have space, means, and are feeling adventurous, you could even clear out and redecorate a spare room to create a place for doing yoga, art, or even just meditation. Having such a room in your home will allow you to easily integrate a relaxing hobby into your life.
Disengage from work and study to have fun
One of the most relaxing and refreshing aspects of a holiday is that it allows us to switch off from our work and academic responsibilities. We are free to enjoy the company of others and have fun. All too often, when people return from a holiday, they quickly revert to prioritising work and school over most other aspects of their lives.
To keep the holiday spirit of fun alive in your life, reserve some time each day to do something exciting. This could be spending more time with your children, meeting friends for coffee and gossip, or even just playing with your dog. We are not born to simply work and rest on an endless loop and doing so can have negative consequences for our physical and mental health. Make time each day to devote to something which you find fun and see what positive effects it has on your life.
Leave time for yourself
This is the central concept behind keeping the holiday feeling active in your life. If there is one thing you should take away from this article, it is to make time for yourself. It is very easy to get caught up in work or school to the extent that everything else becomes secondary, and you end up in the same stressful situation as before your holiday. The best way to avoid this is to allow yourself some time to relax and to enjoy the small pleasures of life, such as eating a meal with a loved one or getting a massage after a hard day at work.
So, there we have it, our 8 ways of getting that holiday feeling at home. It basically boils down to making time for yourself and allowing yourself to enjoy that time, no matter what you intend to do with it. And, if all else fails, you can always go on a holiday again!
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