Holidays 'do little to relieve stress', report claims

Holidays 'do little to relieve stress', report claims

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People spend an average of £1,900 while on holiday and overspending while away is a big worry, a new study shows.

Other concerns include missing a flight, being delayed and not being properly insured.

More than a quarter of 2,000 people polled by Nationwide Building Society said they took two to three days to unwind while 23% came home not feeling relaxed at all.

Nationwide’s head of current accounts Phil Smith told The Times: “It is perhaps unsurprising that holidays can be a source of stress, with people fretting over missing their flights, the prospect of delays, having sufficient money and being fully covered if things don’t go to plan.”

Dr David Lewis-Hodgson, a psychologist and chairman of research consultancy Mindlab International, said: “Holiday stresses often stem from unrealistic expectations of a completely care-free vacation.

“In fact, when the mind doesn’t have the usual day to day challenges and demands to cope with, it typically finds other things to occupy it, such as money worries.

“Taking up activities, learning a few phrases in the local language and exploring culture are just a few ways to keep your mind busy, helping you unmind more quickly.”


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