Holidays were meant to be a break from the routine of daily life. But now thanks to modern technology we have the ability to be in constant contact with the outside world - work, family and friends. We can even share our holiday memories and photos instantly on Facebook and twitter - as they happen.
This does not give you a break, does not give your mind, body and spirit a chance to unwind, relax, recharge and take a break from life.
I have witness a growing trend of oversharing, from weekend happenings to holiday special moments.
Do you find that your data roaming bill sky rockets when you go on holiday? Or perhaps you come back feeling as though you haven't been away?
If yes read my tips on how to relax on holiday and have a wonderful time free from emails and social media.
Take a break from social media while are on holiday
Just imagine for a moment - that for your next holiday you take all your facebook friends or twitter followers. Imagine what that will be like, your friends, family, parents, next door neighbours, work colleagues and your boss. Feel the different energies. Just image what they will look and feel like.
If you use social media, like, reshare and updating facebook constantly with photos and status updates in essence you are on holiday with every single one of your facebook connection. Thinking about that hopefully gives you a new perspective.
You book your flights, hotels and travel arrangements and arrange time off from work. This is your special time with your family, partner or friends. Respect it.
Decide how long you will break from facebook and commit to it. Close your face down - it will still be there waiting for when you are ready to log back on.
Use a camera and not your smart phone.
Take a camera with you on holiday. By using a camera restricts your time on your smart phone and reduces any temptations to use your phone and Facebook.
Don't check emails
Turn your email function off or even disable it while you are on holiday. In this day of instant communication and social media we have lost our sense of priorities and what's important. Speak to your employer and let me them know you will not be checking any emails while you are on holiday
If (and that's a big IF!) you must check email while you are away restrict your use, schedule a time to check it and then switch it off.
Don't buy data roaming
This is pretty straight forward and simple. Do not buy data roaming while you are away. It's as simple as that.
Just imagine you are on your death bed, and reflecting upon your life. What will your regrets be?
That you didn't appreciate the time you had? You didn't make the most of your holidays with your family? You regret using your energy, time and focus on social media?
Do not let social media control you. Respect your time, and also respect the people you are sharing your time with.
Holidays are about having a break from life, relaxing and enjoying new experiences. If you are in constant contact via social media with your friends and family it diminishes the experience, the enjoyment and your precious time.
When you achieve that control your life will become much more enriched and your holiday will become a beautiful memory of a time you spent it with people that you loved.
Linda Connors is a hypnotherapist and coach working with internet addiction. If you wish to speak to Linda please feel free to get in touch on 075 3421 3557.
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