For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere we are rapidly coming towards the end of summer. The nights are drawing in far too quickly, the mornings have a slight chill to them. The memories of the summer holidays are receding as the kids go back to school and the Halloween merchandise suddenly appears in the shops.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep those happy feelings of holiday freedom going to comfort us in the shorter, darker days ahead?
Whilst we cannot conjure up the summer sun and long days spent enjoying alfresco meals, we can try to prolong the essence of the holidays – the divergence from routine, the permission to be free of stress (if only for a short while), the time to enjoy being with family and friends or even rejoicing in a little solitude.
Those things are all still achievable once you are back at home. You just have to try a bit harder to make them happen. Schedule movie night for a Monday instead of at the weekends, let the Sunday lunch with family and friends extend into the afternoon and early evening as you would have done on holiday. Give yourself permission to leave your everyday worries behind for a set period of time – an evening, a day or a weekend and concentrate on the things that give you pleasure instead.
As the darker nights encroach allow yourself to go into holiday mode once the day job is done because the person we are on holiday is the same person we are at home the only thing that changes about us is our attitude.