How you and your brain can go on hol­i­day

Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

DO YOU strug­gle to get off the worry train when on hol­i­day? You are not alone.

A sur­vey by book­ing.com of more than 500 Aus­tralians showed one in five were not worry-free in the first 24 hours of a hol­i­day. Fur­ther­more, one in 20 said they felt they never en­tered hol­i­day mode.

Celebrity life coach Sloan Sheri­dan-Wil­liams has the fol­low­ing tips to make en­ter­ing hol­i­day mode eas­ier.

RIGHT NOW PLAN: Take in­spi­ra­tion from fre­quent trav­ellers who know that de­lays hap­pen and lug­gage gets lost but that most travel nig­gles have a so­lu­tion. Hav­ing con­fi­dence in your abil­ity to come up with a “right now plan”, a plan that focuses on flex­i­bil­ity to adapt­ing to your sur­round­ings in or­der to get to the out­come you wish to achieve, will help com­bat any­thing that comes your way.

LINE UP: No one likes wait­ing in queues, but these are a part of travel. The ma­jor­ity of trav­ellers are right-handed so head to the fur­thest left counter from the en­trance. Fewer peo­ple choose that line as peo­ple grav­i­tate to right-hand counters to match their dom­i­nant writ­ing hand.

WHILE YOU WAIT: Af­ter a long flight, it is easy to get im­pa­tient while wait­ing for your bag­gage, but it’s also the perfect op­por­tu­nity to text your loved ones that you have ar­rived safely. While you have your phone out take a selfie and save it as your screen lock. That way if you mis­place your phone you can eas­ily prove it is yours no mat­ter the lan­guage barrier or sit­u­a­tion. THEME TUNE THER­APY: Un­pack while danc­ing around to up­lift­ing mu­sic. Pull out your iPhone and speak­ers and take out your be­long­ings as though no one is watch­ing. Let go of your ego, break any un­help­ful pat­terns of tak­ing things too se­ri­ously and rid your­self of neg­a­tiv­ity.

TURN OFF TECH­NOL­OGY: Turn off your phone and fo­cus on the coun­try you are in. Al­low your brain to catch up to your new sur­round­ings.

LIVE LIKE A LO­CAL: Im­merse your­self in the lo­cal cul­ture and try a lo­cal cui­sine or ex­pe­ri­ence. Chat to the lo­cals and find out where to go that’s off the beaten track.

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