Dream getaways: COVID care and the holiday blues
Helping you beat the holiday blues
Even while Australia's Covid19 lockdown eases, interstate and especially national borders remain closed and the government has warned against making exotic holiday plans just yet. So in response, I’m going to help people to travel to their favourite destination – from the comfort of their own armchair!
Amid the despair and grief of this pandemic, it might seem silly to focus on holidays, but they undoubtedly play a huge part in our mental health and wellbeing. From the excitement of choosing a destination and accommodation, researching everything from sights to restaurants, to the actual week or fortnight itself followed by the recollection of treasured memories, holidays really do matter.
It’s about ‘life experiences’, relaxation, and most importantly, escapism from everyday life. The coping process of escapism is common to many people in difficult times, and by wanting to still book a holiday, we are actively engaging in escapism behaviour. Escape is key in our mental self-care, and it can be good to seek a happy escape when things seem impossible – that feeling of ‘I just need to get away’.
And while some forms of our regular escapisms, such as going out to the gym, bars and restaurants, are gradually easing back into our lives, it does nothing to dampen our desire to plan ahead for getaways once border restrictions are lifted.
I’ve now created five free downloads to enable people to spirit their minds away to an amazing holiday destination and in doing so, take back a little of the relaxation and release they would have enjoyed had they actually been away.
At a time when we can’t guarantee a lengthier reprieve, something as simple as taking a ‘virtual holiday’ can offer a brief moment of escapism. This allows you an outlet for the stress we are facing, and the energy to re-engage with life in lockdown.
My free downloads are a form of self-hypnosis, and simply require you to sit down in a quiet and comfortable spot, close your eyes, listen to my words, visualise the holiday destination, and relax. I’ve chosen five types of holiday for the recordings. Access them here: Tropical Islands - Mountain Adventure - American Roadtrip.
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