2020 didn’t go well for many. For that matter, 2021 hasn’t been much better. As a result, it might be tempting to not take a break and go without the traditional summer holiday. Instead, use the quieter period as an opportunity to catch up. However, as interior designers know, rest is essential for creativity and inspiration.

But a holiday is not without stress. Especially now we have a disco light system, rather than a traffic light system, to represent travel advice for foreign destinations. In addition, UK holiday costs have skyrocketed making them unaffordable for many. Even if you can find an Airbnb that’s not been booked out since February. Similarly, a fortnight under canvas might not promote the fatigue-reducing slumber we so need

Is it possible to take a break, without taking a holiday? To reap the benefits of the annual getaway without the stress. And discover different means of boosting our mental and physical well-being. To find new ways to switch off and re-energize.

Get Away, Without Going Away

If you’re not going away, the easiest way to switch off your mind is to focus it on something new. As the saying goes, ‘a change is as good as a rest’. And activities, especially enjoyable ones, are a great way to draw you away from the humdrum of your day-to-day. Get you off the daily treadmill, so you can take stock. Realise what’s important and what’s not.

As is so often the case, the key to success is setting goals. And to get away without going away is no different. Therefore, what can you achieve in your two weeks off? Explore the local nature reserve or restore the garden to its former glory. Perhaps it could be something more cranial. For example, read that book you’ve always meant to. Or learn a new language.

The annual holiday can be a great opportunity to get back in touch with our true selves. Similarly, giving back can be a fabulous way of creating that ‘get away’ feel-good. And it’s possible to do so much locally. For instance, help out at a food bank. Start a children’s holiday reading club. If you’re looking for inspiration, the UK Government’s promoted database, Do-It.org, can be a great place to find it.

Create Variety

Of course, pursuing just one goal during our downtime can become quickly monotonous. Also, for those staying within our own shores, the Great British weather can play havoc with our plans. Therefore, punctuate the holiday with daytrips. Ones that inspire you. In our post-pandemic age, it’s even possible to enjoy these daytrips virtually. For instance, Time Out has a series of virtual landmark tours. In a similar vein, The Louvre hosts virtual tours.

Holiday in Other People’s Homes

We planned to be in France with family friends this summer. The combination of travel uncertainty and small children means we decided to cancel. To manage our collective children’s disappointment, we devised a new plan. The first half of the week at our friend’s house. Then the second half, all of us at ours. After all we both have gardens for the kids to play in. And, crucially for the adults, we have wine!

No Matter How, Take a Break

Most importantly, we need rest. Therefore, don’t give in to the temptation to skip the annual getaway to catch up. To keep working regardless. Take a break with or without the holiday. It doesn’t matter if it’s a traditional trip aboard or a staycation. Your creativity will thank you for it.


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