Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Give Yourself a Break on Holiday. Many of Us Find It Difficult to Escape from Work, Family or Money Stress, Even on a Beach. LAUREN TAYLOR Asks the Experts for Advice

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Give Yourself a Break on Holiday. Many of Us Find It Difficult to Escape from Work, Family or Money Stress, Even on a Beach. LAUREN TAYLOR Asks the Experts for Advice

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Byline: LAUREN TAYLOR

YOU know the drill - you're on holiday, in an exciting new destination with your loved ones, but that work email you never replied to, or that bill you haven't paid yet, is niggling somewhere in the back of your mind.

Those holiday-wrecking worries are not just limited to what's going on back at home. Many people find themselves stressed out about travelling too.

Research from Booking.com shows nearly a third of holidaymakers admit they worry about things going wrong on the first day of a break, and 39% think the first 24 hours pass them by in a blur.

This is clearly no good. We've spoken to some experts about how to relax from the moment you land.

1 TRY NEW THINGS YOU WOULDN'T DO AT HOME "SO OFTEN we spend our time pleasing others, be it our boss, friends or family. A holiday is where we get to do what we want in our time frame," says life coach Sloan Sheridan-Williams.

"To ensure a quick transition to relaxing holiday mode, do something you wouldn't normally do at home.

"This is the time to let your hair down and do something new to switch your psychology into the mode of exploring the limits of your inner-child.

A group of people lying down in the 'active rest' position "The idea is to leave your ego back home and live in the moment, instead of worrying about how others might perceive you."

2 WRITE A 'TO FEEL' LIST LORNA CORDWELL, therapist and head of counselling at Chrysalis Courses UK, suggests: "Write yourself a short list of how you would like to feel on holiday, rather than what you would like to do.

Feelings might include relaxed, content, happy, being good company, being adventurous.

"Or write yourself a few positive affirmations and keep them in a place where you'll come across them often - 'Today I will just have fun' or 'Today I will not answer the phone if it's work'.

"It keeps you focused on exactly that."

3BE MINDFUL SLOAN says: "A quick trick to promote calm is to find something blue in your surroundings, whether it be the pool, a calm sky view or ocean waves outside your window.

"Stare at it for 60 seconds, taking in three deep breaths and getting lost in the moment. …

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