Advice
|4 Jun|3 mins

Why You Need a Micro-Adventure (or two)

Even a simple weekend escape can recharge your mind and body
Lucy E Cousins
4 Jun
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If you’ve been working long hours at your desk or spending every waking minute on your side hustle (go you!), it might just be time for a holiday.

Sure, your funds or responsibilities might not allow for a month in a floating bungalow in the Maldives, but that doesn’t matter one bit - a quick and affordable micro-adventure is actually all you need. And what better excuse to wear that great new top or shirt you've had your eye on?

“Any time you can take off is good and it is better to take some time than none at all,” says psychologist Gemma Crisp. “Especially if you can train yourself to "switch off" at the end of your working week… you’ll quickly get into a relaxed state making your micro-adventure just as rejuvenating as a longer holiday.

This ability to “switch off” is key, as studies show that working over 39 hours a week can increase your chance of mental health issues. If that’s not enough to spur you to action, working more than 11 hours a day increases the chance of heart problems by nearly 70 percent, according to research.

That’s SEVENTY percent, in case you read that quickly.

So if you suspect you’re heading for a burn out, or you just need a little time away from your finicky boss and your endless to-do list, join the growing trend of micro-adventurers.

What is a micro-adventure exactly, we hear you ask? Well, it’s just like a regular adventure, only smaller! Essentially, micro-adventures are weekends or holidays of 2-3 days that get you off the couch, out of the pub and into the wilderness for a few days of hiking, canoeing, kayaking and general frolicking.

For non outdoorsy types, micro-adventures can also be city breaks or spa holidays, however being out in nature does have its added mental health benefits.

When choosing where to go, check out your local area first. There are thousands of campsites in and around our capital cities that are cheap or totally free to camp in. If you can catch a bus, train or car-pool there, and bring your own food then you’ve got a pretty affordable holiday.

So, if you’re ready to start planning your next weekend away, here’s how to make the most of it:

1. Pick The Place: Decide on a destination that’s less that two hours away and plan for transport that isn’t stressful (forget tight public transport connections, or locations where you have to do four-wheel driving in your flatmate’s 70’s Fiat).

2. Choose your Travel Compadres Wisely: Camping with your glam friend who only owns 11-inch heels or hiking with a friend who hates exercise isn't a fun weekend for anyone.

3. Ditch Screentime: Leave your phone at home and enjoy digital silence, or if that’s not realistic turn the data off on your inbox and maybe your social media too, if that stresses you out. #FOMO.

4. Plan Exercise: Incorporate low-impact exercise into your weekend and aim for lots of sleep. If you really want to get the most out of your adventure, leave the cocktails at home and opt for deep sleeps to recharge your mind and body. Luckily, if your workout wardrobe isn't at it's peak, we have the active essentials you need to get moving.

5. Plan Just Enough: It’s only a short amount of time, so planning the basics is essential. It’s not like the time you roamed Europe for six months with only a one-way ticket and a lip gloss. At the same time, be realistic about what you can fit in and ditch the clipboards, itineraries and schedules. Aim for just a whole lot of time to explore, relax and recharge.

Advice
|4 Jun|3 mins

Why You Need a Micro-Adventure (or two)

Even a simple weekend escape can recharge your mind and body
Lucy E Cousins
4 Jun
Share:

If you’ve been working long hours at your desk or spending every waking minute on your side hustle (go you!), it might just be time for a holiday.

Sure, your funds or responsibilities might not allow for a month in a floating bungalow in the Maldives, but that doesn’t matter one bit - a quick and affordable micro-adventure is actually all you need. And what better excuse to wear that great new top or shirt you've had your eye on?

“Any time you can take off is good and it is better to take some time than none at all,” says psychologist Gemma Crisp. “Especially if you can train yourself to "switch off" at the end of your working week… you’ll quickly get into a relaxed state making your micro-adventure just as rejuvenating as a longer holiday.

This ability to “switch off” is key, as studies show that working over 39 hours a week can increase your chance of mental health issues. If that’s not enough to spur you to action, working more than 11 hours a day increases the chance of heart problems by nearly 70 percent, according to research.

That’s SEVENTY percent, in case you read that quickly.

So if you suspect you’re heading for a burn out, or you just need a little time away from your finicky boss and your endless to-do list, join the growing trend of micro-adventurers.

What is a micro-adventure exactly, we hear you ask? Well, it’s just like a regular adventure, only smaller! Essentially, micro-adventures are weekends or holidays of 2-3 days that get you off the couch, out of the pub and into the wilderness for a few days of hiking, canoeing, kayaking and general frolicking.

For non outdoorsy types, micro-adventures can also be city breaks or spa holidays, however being out in nature does have its added mental health benefits.

When choosing where to go, check out your local area first. There are thousands of campsites in and around our capital cities that are cheap or totally free to camp in. If you can catch a bus, train or car-pool there, and bring your own food then you’ve got a pretty affordable holiday.

So, if you’re ready to start planning your next weekend away, here’s how to make the most of it:

1. Pick The Place: Decide on a destination that’s less that two hours away and plan for transport that isn’t stressful (forget tight public transport connections, or locations where you have to do four-wheel driving in your flatmate’s 70’s Fiat).

2. Choose your Travel Compadres Wisely: Camping with your glam friend who only owns 11-inch heels or hiking with a friend who hates exercise isn't a fun weekend for anyone.

3. Ditch Screentime: Leave your phone at home and enjoy digital silence, or if that’s not realistic turn the data off on your inbox and maybe your social media too, if that stresses you out. #FOMO.

4. Plan Exercise: Incorporate low-impact exercise into your weekend and aim for lots of sleep. If you really want to get the most out of your adventure, leave the cocktails at home and opt for deep sleeps to recharge your mind and body. Luckily, if your workout wardrobe isn't at it's peak, we have the active essentials you need to get moving.

5. Plan Just Enough: It’s only a short amount of time, so planning the basics is essential. It’s not like the time you roamed Europe for six months with only a one-way ticket and a lip gloss. At the same time, be realistic about what you can fit in and ditch the clipboards, itineraries and schedules. Aim for just a whole lot of time to explore, relax and recharge.

*Puppy not for sale

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your bag and get outta here!

Lucy E Cousins
Writer
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