Struggle to switch off? Try these three things

Holiday survival guide for people who can’t relax

Charlie E Hyde
Know Thyself, Heal Thyself

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Relax sign
Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

Welcome summer! Longer and warmer days, plenty of sunshine and…holiday season! If you’re anything like me, the idea of taking a holiday has mixed feelings: excited to go somewhere new but people expect you to switch off and that can be harder than it seems.

For the last 28 years I’ve never really taken a proper holiday. I’ve technically been on vacation but didn’t really switch off. I’ve always set an aggressively ambitious target for the holiday for example approaching it as a physical training camp. Or to incubate a business idea. I change the type of work I’m doing rather than stopping working. This is all whilst secretly checking emails every day, responding to pings and joining a few meetings for my day job. So, it’s not really a holiday at all is it?

For 26 out of 28 years that approach worked (pun intended ;)) but eventually it caught up with me. I learnt the hard way what happens if you never ever take a holiday: burnout.

For the last few years, I’ve set about trying to take more refreshing breaks and I finally think I’ve cracked it. This blog is a survival guide for people who struggle to switch off.

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Charlie E Hyde
Know Thyself, Heal Thyself

Life hacks from Burnout recovery. Self-improvement and productivity nerd. Beating toxic productivity one post at a time