Wednesday, 22 July 2015

How to Avoid Holiday Envy

We've all been there. It's 9 o'clock on a Monday morning, it's raining outside, you've a heap of work to deal with, and the week seems to stretch endlessly before you. You take a little peek at Instagram or Facebook during your coffee break, and WHAM, Holiday Envy hits you smack in the kisser. Snapshots of poolside cocktails, sandy toes and sunsets couldn't be more different from your current situation - so how to avoid that dreaded green eyed monster?

1. Take a break from social media
This is probably the single biggest cause of your Holiday Envy. Is it just me or are more bloggers than ever jetting off on paid-for trips this year?! Don't get me wrong, I love Instagram and I enjoy poring over people's holiday outfits, but it can become draining and I can't help comparing my life to the seemingly glam activities filling my social media feeds. We all know that social media can cause FOMO and it can lead us to feel pretty down about our own lives. Although it's important to realise that people tend to edit their social media updates just to show the good bits (I know I do), it can be hard to keep that in mind after the tenth bikini selfie of the morning. So if it's getting you down, why not try switching off - even if just for a couple of hours? This can help you focus on yourself and give you a fresh perspective without the constant comparisons.

2. Change it up
A major appeal of holidays is the fact that they're so different from your everyday life, so you can trick yourself into holiday mode by changing up your routine. If you and your partner tend to stay in most nights, arrange a date night at a fancy restaurant. Go to an outdoor cinema or an open-air theatre. Spend a couple of nights in a city you've never visited before. Or even just have the girls round for a DIY spa day. As long as you do something a little out of the ordinary, you'll have something to look forward to and will feel refreshed afterwards.

3. Enjoy summer at home
If, like me, you live in the UK, of course you won't have the guaranteed sunshine of Spain or Greece, but check the weather forecast for the next sunny day and organise something outdoors. Take a trip to the coast, spend a day sunbathing in a local park or visit a heritage site. While you're out and about, make sure to do some holiday things such as slathering yourself in suncream (safety first and the distinctive scent will make you feel like you're on your hols!), get an ice cream and/or a cold beer and listen to some summer tunes. Even just hosting a spontaneous BBQ on a weekday evening will lift your spirits and allow you to make the most of the (rare) good weather.

4. Take a 'stay-cation'
This is the perfect opportunity to discover your home town a bit more, as most of us don't appreciate what we have right on our doorstep. I'll bet there are museums, quirky independent shops, cafes and restaurants in your city which you have never visited. Put together a little itinerary one weekend and treat it like a holiday - with the advantage that you can return to your own bed at the end of the day!

5. Book a holiday!
Now, this one is cheating a bit, of course, but if you just haven't had time to arrange a summer holiday this year, or you can't afford one, it's still worth seeing if you can nab yourself a bargain. In the age of no frills flights and, you can get some unbelievable deals - especially if you travel out of season. Ryanair and easyJet regularly have seat sales, while hotels tend to be significantly cheaper in late September and into October. You may have to endure an Instagram feed full of other peoples' holiday snaps right now, but think how smug you'll feel when their post-holiday blues are setting in and you're just about to jet off on your own trip!


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