Taking the policing brain on holiday

Taking a busy mind on holiday can be the last thing any of us (or our loved ones) really want. However, its not always easy to simply switch off, just because the calendar says it’s time to. Here are some suggestions to help policing minds press ‘pause’.

Holiday tips to keep the vibe alive

  • Wake up your brain to remind yourself you’re not at work and this time is different, new and yours.
  • Take half an hour out for yourself everyday.
  • Get aerial views as much as possible to gain wider perspectives and feel openness and space.
  • Eat food with new tastes and decent nutrition.
  • Stay hydrated in between drinking alcohol.
  • Take as many moments as you can to stand still.
  • Make eye contact with others and share ideas.

Before you set off

Protect your time

Be comfortable with decisions you make about accessing emails and social media. Share your intentions with family and friends so they ‘get it’.

Holiday vigilance

If you feel the need to, gently remind your loved ones how to stay safe. Then focus on more happy vigilance… such as: looking out for random acts of kindness or being the first to spot the sea, your destination, or your favourite food & drink.

Plan not to plan

Factor in time to be free from decision-making. Delegate or just let things unfold…

'Being' on holiday

Wherever you go, there you are

Policing may be a 24/7 job and you may get all sorts of inspiration on holiday. While that’s good, note it in a phone memo or on a post-it note and put it to one side. Then REFOCUS: you are on holiday.

BE the holiday

When you feel chilled, tick off your senses: what can you smell, what sights catch your eye, what feels nice in (or on) your body?

Make contact

Those around you are likely to want you to be happy. Share it with a nudge on the arm, a wink, or a rub on the back and let them know.

Coming home

Don’t cling, bring it in

It’s inevitable to cling to the feeling of being relaxed, of having time and space. That’s your prompt to introduce more of it into your life. Remind your brain about that feeling by bringing holiday recipes into weekly meals, using holiday snapshots as screensavers, keeping holiday jokes alive.

Don’t let your mental health be at the mercy of your day job, with the only relief being your next week off.

A happy mind is your right.