On the whole, Brits are hard, determined workers, and a remarkable one-third of all British employees fail to utilise their full holiday entitlement. If you are one of these ambitious but overworked employees, consider the effect that your dedication to your office life is having on your romantic life. When was the last time you and your partner went on holiday? When was the last time you had a stress-free, uninterrupted day to enjoy together? As clinical psychologist Lisa Blum points out, the most enduring and strongest relationships take hard work. It's important to make the time for romantic getaways with your spouse. They don’t have to be expensive, but every relationship requires time and commitment to thrive.
Can your relationship survive a holiday?
Before we over-romanticise holidays and their benefits, it is important to remember that holidays can often be the cause of break-ups. In fact, according to The Telegraph, a remarkable 22% of couples dread spending time with their partner during the summer holidays. Psychologist Ann Thomas, a specialist in relationship issues, claims that this is often down to unhealthy pressures and expectations. We tend to invest a lot of money in our holidays as a means of treating ourselves, but along with this exchange of money comes an innate expectation that we will have a great time. When troubles present themselves and we realise that a perfect holiday isn’t possible, the stress amplifies and it takes its psychological toll.
Though you should certainly look forward to your romantic holiday, try your best to temper your expectations. If you are a new couple, rather than escaping on a two-week getaway, it might be wiser to pick a weekend cottage break. This will provide the perfect intimate setting, and the limited time means that the pressures and expectations are less likely to boil over and cause anxiety.
How a holiday can bring you together
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In fact, research has shown that new shared experiences can increase the flow of endorphins to the brain, which can help to bring two people together and reduce stress. Remember to leave the work pressures at the office where they belong; turn on your out-of-office reply and leave your work phone at home. Devote all your time and attention to your partner and show how much you really care about nurturing the relationship. This will help to boost intimacy and authentic communication.
Why Norfolk is a perfect romantic getaway
Once you decide to press ahead with a holiday, you are faced with the decision of where to go and what to do. Try to jolt yourself out of your regular holiday rut. Go somewhere new and try something completely out of the ordinary. Remember that this doesn’t necessarily come with a hefty price tag. Take your holiday into your own hands and personalise it to suit you.
More and more people are seeing the value of a home-based UK staycation, which also boosts our economy and causes us to explore all our national treasures. Interest in Norfolk is up by 25%, and it is clear to see why. Norfolk offers beautiful stately homes, gorgeous views and incredible beaches. On top of this, there are a number of remarkable last minute Norfolk cottages to book. Remember to keep your money in mind; you want to be happy with the price you pay, so negotiate and never go over what you want to pay.
Your limited time away from your demanding job should be as relaxing and pressure-free as possible. If you’ve got a furry friend you’d like to take along for the trip, there are a number of pet friendly holiday cottages in Norfolk. Leave your passport at home, forget about organising visas and dealing with vaccinations. Surprise your partner with an impromptu last-minute holiday and remember to enjoy every single second.
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