Weary Brits are being urged to broaden their horizons in a bold bid to recharge their batteries.
And taking a ‘little and often’ approach to energising, spending time with friends, going ‘off grid’ and creating a dose of nostalgia are the key ingredients in maximising a microbreak.
New research reveals almost a third of us (30 per cent) took at least three or more short domestic breaks in the last year, with over three-quarters (78 per cent) seeing the positive benefits a getaway can offer.
Data also found we need a break from the daily grind every 46 days and now, Psychologist and Wellbeing Expert Dr Audrey Tang is encouraging us to take action.
The way people choose to energise on shorter breaks is vital in helping to optimise the benefits, with hiking and walks (86 per cent), relaxing by the sea (54 per cent), dining out (53 per cent) and reading (42 per cent) just a few of the activities we turn to when we want to unwind.
And in collaboration with Original Cottages – the national holiday cottage company with the local touch – Dr Tang has now lifted the lid on the best ways to make the most of a short domestic excursion.
She reckons a change in scenery and atmosphere is critical in enhancing stimulation, Vitamin D and that all-important serotonin, while ‘quality’ time with friends and loved ones is also key in boosting endorphins.
Seeing new things and different places with fresh eyes is also a game-changer for holidaymakers, while going ‘off grid’ and immersing yourself in your surroundings helps you ‘filter in’ what really matters and recognise what you don’t need to devote your time and energy to.
Dr Tang also believes being bold and adopting new activities in different environments is significant, while filling your ‘positivity reservoir with new memories’ can build a buffer to the ‘rollercoaster’ of life in the hectic 21st century.
A switch up of routine has the potential to give us a wealth of moments to bring to the conversation table – whether a tale to tell, an informal tour guide or helping your friends plan a getaway together.
Dr Tang said: “Taking a break elsewhere in the UK also presents separation and a buffer against the effects of stress, as people can engage in things that boost their wellbeing, lowering levels of cortisol that are produced under pressure.
“While it has traditionally been assumed a week-long break is essential for unwinding, the ‘little and often’ approach is likely to be more effective in keeping your energy tank topped up, compared with few and far between holidays.”
Sonia Holman, Marketing Director at Original Cottages, added: “We pride ourselves on offering guests the flexibility to choose the duration of their stay to suit their needs, offering them a great short stay experience and escape from everyday life.
“We have a wide range of properties across our portfolio that allow guests to select the best place to unwind and enjoy activities, whether that’s yoga or water sports.
“Our local teams are also on hand to support with local recommendations and expertise to ensure you truly relax and recharge wherever you choose to visit.”
With a great range of availability from now till Christmas and into the new year visit https://www.originalcottages.co.uk/ to book your next microbreak in the UK.