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How to (truly) relax and unwind this holiday season

2020 has challenged all of us in vast and unexpected ways, so you may well be looking forward to a relaxing and restorative holiday break. Ready to make the most of it, and leave behind all the 'hustle and bustle' of the year? Here's some inspiration for you:

Spend time in nature

In a year when we've been homebound for weeks, it's comforting to think that we can finally get out and explore New Zealand's stunning scenery.

If you'd like to recharge yourself, why not breathe in some fresh air? Summer is a great season to enjoy our amazing beaches, breath-taking landscapes, and panoramic walks. It doesn't even have to be a long walk or a full day of activities - a quick stroll along a local beach can do wonders.

Unplug from your screen

Do you spend a lot of time looking at your phone? Having a 'digital detox' doesn't mean giving up technology completely - just using it more mindfully - and the holidays can be a great opportunity to switch off a little more and enjoy a break from the screen.

Think about how your online habits make you feel, what you enjoy about them and how they fit into your life. Social networks, for example, can be powerful and entertaining tools - so much so that we often lose track of time while going down a rabbit hole of posts, shares and comments.

Like to regain control of your time, but not sure how to start? If you're brave enough, turn off every device for at least 24 hours, or set some rules around when and where you'll be using them. After a short while, you may miss your phone less and less.

Leave work behind

If you can (and especially if you're a bit of a workaholic), make sure you put your job aside as much as possible during the holidays, again by setting time limits and boundaries.

As we said, 2020 has been a challenging year on many levels, so you deserve some quality time off to start 2021 with a fresh outlook. As long as work doesn't take over, occasionally checking your emails is OK, but remember, even relaxing requires a dash of discipline. Things like turning off phone notifications and setting your out-of-office can be essential steps for a stress-free vacation.

Some of our team at LifeDirect also recommend 'brain dumping' it all. On your last day of work before the holidays, write down a to-do list of the things that need to be done when you return, then keep that handy for future use. This way, not only will you start the year well organised, but you will also feel a load off your mind.

Don't overlook that all-important 'me' time

With so many things to do and people to meet and entertain, the holiday season can be a tad stressful at times. And that's why dedicating time just for you, to pamper yourself and do the things you love most, is crucial - be that curling up on your sofa with your favourite book, getting a treatment at a local spa, or a day out on a boat. And on this note, from simple breathing techniques through to more dynamic yoga postures, there are many things you can do to centre yourself and practise some self-care.

Looking for peace of mind?

According to research, there's a strong link between financial resilience and personal fulfilment. Your peace of mind - during the holidays and year-round - is about your overall wellbeing, and having an appropriate level of insurance protection in place can help you achieve it.

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Disclaimer: Please note that the content provided in this article is intended as an overview and as general information only. While care is taken to ensure accuracy and reliability, the information provided is subject to continuous change and may not reflect current development or address your situation. Before making any decisions based on the information provided in this article, please use your discretion and seek independent guidance.

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