It's the start of the new year and many people are getting back into their normal routines and heading back to work.
The first few days back can be tough especially after being on holiday and enjoying taking the time to relax.
Here's 7 ways that can help make you feel as though you are still on holiday.
1. Make sleep a priority
Sleep is important for brain function and when you're on holiday you normally have more of a chance to rest and sleep in.
People who are sleep deprived can find it harder to control their emotions, make decisions, pay attention and manage stress.
2. Get some exercise
Excerise is one of the best ways to lower stress, it's cheap and good for you as well. When you're on holiday you're often moving without thinking about it.
Add some fun exercise into your day, cycle or walk to work, do a yoga session and in the warmer months try a walking track or even a walk along the beach.
3. Eat mindfully
When on holiday we spend long dinners out at restaurants and other meals are unrushed. Often in normal routines we eat while on the go to save time.
Try sitting down and taking time out at meal times, with family at dinner time and getting away from your work for lunch.
4. Find a relaxing activity
On holiday people often lie down at the beach, sit in the sun reading a book and lots of other activities that help with relaxing.
In your normal routine find some new ways to relax, get some quiet time with a book or even try meditation.
5. Make 'NO' your default answer
It's tempting to always say yes to people even if we don't have the time we often say yes to things we don't want to do or don't have time for.
This can lead to stress and limited time to relax. Try saying no more often to those things you don't want to do.
6. Be a tourist in your own town/city
Part of being on holiday is doing things you haven't done or seeing places you haven't seen before. Try doing this in your own town - do activities you've never done, eat at new places, visit places you haven't yet.
7. Express gratitude daily
Giving thanks is good for you, appreciate the small things and find gratitude in something each day like we often do on holiday.
Source: Readers Digest