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Is FOSO the New FOMO? – Expert Reveals How to “Switch Off” During Your Weekend Break

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Brits cherish their weekends, whether it’s spent cheering on your favourite football team or catching up with friends over a glass of fizz. But the weekend often feels like it passes by far too quickly. This isn’t helped by naming people experiencing FOSO 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 a weekend break.

This comes after a recent report by Village Hotels revealed the top places for a UK weekend leisure break, analysing factors such as outdoor leisure facilities, culture, sport, and food and drink facilities.

When asked why it is so difficult to switch off when we are away, Dr Spelman said: “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.”

1. Remember to plan ahead

To make the most 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

Glasgow emerged as UK’s top weekend break

To give you inspiration for your next trip away, Village Hotels has compiled a list of the top five weekend breaks, taking into consideration a variety of factors.


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Commenting on the study, a spokesperson from Village Hotels stated: “The weekend is where most of us let off some steam after the buzz of the working week, so it’s a great opportunity to take a well-needed break. For many Brits, rest and relaxation come in the form of taking a leisurely walk, whether that’s checking out the urban landscape or the countryside.”

“We wanted to put together a comprehensive list of the best weekend breaks, to suit everyone in your group, as the last thing you need is a discrepancy in your down time. We hope our research has inspired people to take a weekend break across the UK in the coming few months.”

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