With the Easter weekend coming up next week, many of us will be looking to spend quality time with friends and family. However, with 67% of UK workers admitting to checking work emails while their ‘OOO’ is on, many of us are also experiencing FOSO – or the “fear of switching off”.

With this in mind, Village Hotels has teamed up with psychologist Dr Becky Spelman, the founder of Private Therapy Clinic to reveal her seven top tips for ‘switching off’ while on your Easter weekend break.

Dr Spelman commented:

During a weekend break, people may find it hard to switch off due to work-related stress, FOMO (fear of missing out), the pressure to constantly be productive, or difficulty disconnecting from technology. High expectations, a busy schedule, and the desire to make the most of limited time can also contribute to difficulty in switching off.

Dr Becky Spelman, founder of Private Therapy Clinic  

  1. Remember to plan ahead

To make the most out of a weekend trip, plan ahead by researching your destination, creating an itinerary, and booking accommodation in advance. Pack light and efficiently, considering the weather forecast and prioritising the essentials. Consider convenient transportation options and be open to new experiences, allowing room for spontaneity and unexpected adventures along the way.

  1. Do activities that bring you joy

To take your mind off things while away for the weekend, do activities that bring you joy and relaxation such as exploring nature, practicing mindfulness or meditation, reading a book, or trying new experiences. Try not to look at your phone too much and be sure to immerse yourself in the present moment.

  1. Pack strategically

Travel organisers such as travel wallets, packing cubes, toiletry bags, and electronics organisers can help you stay organised ahead of a weekend trip. These items can help streamline packing, keep all your essentials in one place, and make it easier to access items while on the go, which will help to keep stress levels down.

  1. Don’t overthink it

People often overpack, fail to plan activities in advance, or try to cram too much into a short time frame,. Poor time management, not setting realistic expectations, and not allowing time for relaxation can also contribute to stress while away for the weekend.

  1. Engage in stress-free activities

To switch off and relax while away for the weekend, embrace nature, practice yoga or meditation, read a book, enjoy a nutritious meal, explore a new city at a slow pace, or simply disconnect from technology and take time to rest and recharge.

  1. Be prepared before you go

Pack early, create a checklist, and organise travel documents. Research the destination, book accommodation and transportation in advance, and set a realistic itinerary. Pre-book activities, allow for downtime, and be flexible to adapt to unexpected changes.

  1. Do something different to boost your mood  

Exploring a new place, trying a new hobby or activity, attending a live event, or socialising with friends can boost your mood and distract yourself from day-to-day life. Letting loose and having fun, whether through dancing, singing, or playing games, can be a great way to take your mind off things. All of the above can help you to gain a fresh perspective and invigorate your spirit.

Joanne Swann, Content Manager, WorkWellPro
Editor at Workplace Wellbeing Professional | Website

Joanne is the editor for Workplace Wellbeing Professional and has a keen interest in promoting the safety and wellbeing of the global workforce. After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature and media studies, she taught English in China and Vietnam for two years. Before joining Work Well Pro, Joanne worked as a marketing coordinator for luxury property, where her responsibilities included blog writing, photography, and video creation.