Taking a holiday when you are self employed might leave you feeling guilty rather than relaxed. You worry that if you aren’t available for work, you’ll never work again. I totally get those feelings! I’ve been there crouched over luggage at the airport, trying to make business calls and doing the reverse logistics to see if I can be back in time for that job.
It took a lot of trial and error to work out how to take a holiday when I was self employed. And more importantly how to take one without feeling guilty! (Hands up if you have felt that too.) You might be someone who works part time and thinks that you can’t access holiday pay. If you work in the UK you can access it! A double bonus!
Why we need holidays
So let’s get clear that we need holidays! They aren’t frivolous days to tick off a calendar, they are days that help us with our mental health and top up our energy levels. Holidays can also give us perspective on the projects that we have been working on. By standing back and looking at our work, we can return home with renewed energy to get the work done. I’ve definitely solved some of my most challenging work issues while lying on a beach!
In this podcast I talk about how you can make it work for you, and how you can turn it into an inspirational trip without costing all your savings. I also suggest some fun ways to make the most of your creativity while you wrangle the kids, or partners! Download it so that you can listen to it on your trip.
Part of making holidays fun is taking yourself to a completely new place, and a new routine. Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when I end up in a holiday routine if I stay more than two weeks. I end up going to the same coffee shop, walk along the same stretch of beach, and hang out with the new local friends that I have made. This might not be how you want to do your holiday, but for me, it works.
My husband does holidays in a completely different way. He likes to surf, doesn’t drink coffee (yep he is caffeine free!) and he isn’t a massive people-person. In fact pretty much the opposite of me. Give me a coffee any day, and the idea of surfing scares the living day lights out of me! And you know by now how much I love hanging out with new people.
Making it work for you
Putting that to-do-list away is hard to do. I find that it takes me a couple of days to switch off completely. In that time I might be finding my feet and exploring that streets of the new place I am in. It isn’t wasted time, but it certainly isn’t relaxing. I was chatting to a friend about the two day switch off, that you need to add to your holiday to stop your mind whirling away. Even if you are having a staycation you still need time to set some boundaries so that you don’t feel like you are repeating a version of your weekends or midweek breaks.
Holidays need to be special so that you can bank up those memories to take you through the rest of the year.
I have learnt that there are short cuts to getting into relax mode, and I want to share some of them with you.To kick off your holiday in a fun way, I have created an activity book for you. This is not about slaving over projects or adding to your to-do-list. The workbook is there to get you connected to the place that you are in, to look differently at the people and places, and to get your creative juices flowing.
You can download your copy of the workbook here.
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