Guest Post: Holidays to help your mental health

Here I have a guest post from Suzy who blogs over at Our Bucket List Lives. She shares with you some tips for choosing a holiday that will help you relax especially if you, like me have some mental health difficulties. Do pop over and check out her blog too as its great. Now over to Suzy.

Boats with cliffs in background


My mental health is not something I write about on my website but truth be known I find life very hard sometimes. Since my Dad died of cancer I have struggled often to keep up with life and I can’t always pretend that I’m happy. Some days are very low days and I strive for distractions and things that help to make my life different.

One of the things I really believe helps me is to get away for a break with my family. Even just a mini break away can help me recharge. I really do believe that time away from home can help mental health issues. Going away is time spent in a different routine. There’s more time to kick back and relax and less time spent worrying. Sometimes if you remove yourself from your daily life it can be a great distraction. The benefits can even be felt after your return.

Spending some quality time with loved ones is essential for reconnecting and reminding yourself of what is good in your life. Even if money is tight you don’t have to opt for a big lavish holiday. Going back to nature and getting out on a camping or caravanning holiday can be a great form of escape. Plus there’s less chance of a signal out in the sticks which makes it even better for getting away from life’s worries and stresses. If you can afford it then a relaxing spa break or a holiday in the sun gathering in some Vitamin D is a great way to spend some time away.

Taking a break away is an opportunity to rest your brain. By removing yourself from the daily routine you are relaxing your brain. Stress is a major cause of many mental health issues and tackling the stress levels is a step in the right direction to a happier you. Why not consider a walking holiday or one with daily activities to improve your general well-being? Not only will it be satisfying but it can be a great way to get out and about and explore where you are staying. Booking time away also gives you something to look forward to. There is a lot to be said about distraction. Why not plan your daily activities for your time away, that way you will have even more to look forward to on the run up to your break. Look upon your holiday as a way to make yourself feel refreshed. Don’t worry about doing everything, just do what suits you and your family.

One thing that can dampen a holiday is Jetlag. If you are looking to spend some time away then choosing somewhere closer to home in the UK or with a short flight time would be ideal for cutting down on tiredness. If you do want to travel further afield then factor in at least two to three days of rest for when you arrive. Another way of relieving stress is to take a few home comforts with you. If you have some favourite pjyamas, take them. If you love a cup of tea make sure you take some of your favourite tea bags. I love the adult colouring books. They are a great escape for me and my mind often goes blank while I’m doing them. A few good books would also make a perfect companion for a break away.

If you would like to have a bit more about Suzy and her travels pop over to her website Our Bucket List Lives and have a read. I promise you will love it.

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