Our lives today are busier than ever, and with longer working days and weeks in the UK than almost any other country, being constantly on the go is very much a way of life. Yet whilst this consistently wired way of working can be great for productivity, it can be positively exhausting for the psyche.
What’s more with plenty of research even suggesting that a two week vacation can be insufficient time for our brains to fully rest and re-cooperate, the now modern epidemic of being constantly plugged into our tech, even whilst on holiday, can be even more detrimental.
Unplugging yourself completely and indulging in some serious downtime is now, more than ever, a modern day essential for remaining productive all year through, so here we take a look at five ways that provide for intensive relaxation where you can disconnect, recharge, and reboot before heading back into that unrelenting urban jungle.
1. Private Villa Rental
Renting a private luxury villa or ski chalet provides for the ultimate luxurious environment in which to disconnect, where everything is at your fingertips and with the latter providing for some much needed, endorphin boosting exercise… no Googling, no downloading no streaming anything at all.
Getting back to nature and away from the urban landscapes that can soon become soul sucking is a perfect way to reconnect with your inner stillness and disconnect from the flurry of emails that constantly demand your attention.
3. Surf Camp
The ocean has to be the ultimate way of experiencing nature – surf, swim or simply listen to the waves (rather than status updating, uploading and listening to nothing more than social media white noise and the constant pinging of your email tone).
4. Yoga Retreat
Yoga retreats are simply awesome for those who want to indulge in an age old form of relaxation with the helping professional guidance of a Yogi. These environments are designed to be completely and totally cut off from the modern world – and all of the tech and gadgets that go along with it. So disconnect, stretch out and breathe – find that inner peace and redress your balance before wading back into the matrix.
5. Dude Ranch
Basic living can provide some pretty essential head space when you’re operating within the modern world – there’s just something so rewarding about living and working the land. Luckily there are holidays that are built to deliver just this experience; known as dude ranch holidays these vacations run on the day to night times of old, rather than the pressing nine to five hours of the average city and the un-paid overtime that goes along with always being connected to work.