Psychologists say that reminiscing about a trip, even long after it’s over, can bring pleasure to the present.
“Flipping through a photo album or watching old video clips helps us relive the positive experience and the positive feelings we had at the time,” writes Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor at the University of California, in Savouring the details of a trip – smells, sounds and tastes – and sharing them with others can also achieve this effect.
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To re-create this holiday feeling, founder of Skillful Living coaching services Aoife O’Farrell recommends introducing a new practice into your day.
Physical movement is a powerful way to re-programme the brain and open the body physiologically and emotionally …And it’s this retraining that can help simulate your holiday feeling of space and calm.Reminisce Yes, we might be constantly reading about living in the moment but sometimes a glance backwards is good for the soul, as well as our health.activating the parasympathetic nervous system associated with a more relaxed state of being.” O’Farrell emphasises the need to make your new practice short, and therefore achievable.“It’s the repetition of the practice that retrains mind and body and creates a new template for living skilfully,” she says.