Holidays - that means relaxing, recharge your batteries, escape from everyday life. In fact, the best time of the year can mean stress: everything should be perfect, everyone should get their money's worth. However, every second person is anything but recovered after the trip. This was the result of a study by the World Health Organization (WHO). "The greatest enemy of our relaxation are ourselves, " says psychologist Frank Meiners of the DAK .His rule of thumb: FDH for the holidays - only realize half of all planned activities.
Half-things-makers take off in a relaxed way
The stress often begins at the departure, when long lines at the counter slow down the joy of traveling. Tip: Pack one day earlier than usual and check in the evening before. Forget the half? "Take it as an experience to see how little you can manage, focus instead on the essential, which relaxes enormously, " says Meiners. If necessary, sunglasses and towel can also be purchased at the resort. With purified luggage the way to the hotel is only half as exhausting.
FDH for the holidays also means rethinking the destination: long flights with little freedom of movement are exhausting - especially for children. The little ones are usually the same whether they play in the sand of Tenerife or on the North Sea.
FDH tip: distraction halves the "felt" travel time. Therefore, a trip by train is particularly well suited. Unlike in the car or plane, children have the opportunity to walk around and play. For longer trips, there are also overnight stops.
Take it easy!
A real vacation from everyday life is often difficult: even under the stars of the South one easily falls into the old rut. One grumbles when the food is coming in, and hooks the sights off like the to-do list in the office. "Relaxing on command - that does not work, " warns the psychologist.
Anyone who has to give one hundred percent in their daily work can not immediately shut down to zero. The first days are needed to arrive, the actual relaxation is usually only in the second week. "If you can, you should schedule a longer holiday once a year, " advises Meiners.At the end of the holiday and the start of work, there should also be one or two days off to prepare for everyday life.
Good for the relationship: halve expectations
Vacation time is separation time: "Every third divorce is submitted after the joint holiday, " explains DAK expert Meiners. Different ideas collide, at the same time, the expectations of the precious days off with the partner are particularly high. No wonder that smoldering crises on vacation easily escalate.
The FDH Rule of Relationship: "Make suggestions to the partner but no pressure, " advises the expert. "Instead, do something on vacation more often on vacation." Whether beach day, museum visit or hiking tour - for all activities is: "Everything is possible, nothing must".