How to keep that holiday feeling
This is how I feel after two weeks in Sri Lanka – calm, relaxed, at peace with the world. It has been bliss to escape from Brexit and instead to spend time in nature. But how can I maintain these positive feelings and sense of calm once I am back to my normal life? The good effects of a holiday can quickly wear off as we resume our old patterns and routines. But it needn’t be this way – you can make changes.
I find it helpful to identify some small shifts in behaviour that enable me to do more of what brings fulfilment and less of the things that cause me frustration. I use the Stop – Start – Continue tool to nudge myself into new behaviours. So here are my reflections – making my intentions public, makes it more likely I will stick to them!
- Stop having unrealistic expectations of how much I can do in a day.
- Stop beating myself up when I fail to meet them.
- Start pacing myself better and plan to get less done.
- Start using some of my time every day on what’s important to me.
- Continue spending time with family and friends.
- Continue making time for my physical and spiritual sides by taking exercise and being out of doors.
Remember that it’s said that it takes 21 repetitions to create a new habit, so embed behavioural changes with some rituals to consolidate your new patterns. And give yourself a reward when you succeed.
If you are struggling to get balance in your life and want some practical tips for change, take my SPICE questionnaire – it’s in my book – and take the first steps towards creating the life you want.