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It’s now been over a week since I returned from my trip to Thailand and I have eased myself back into my routine of working, exercising and housework. But, I still feel like a portion of ‘holiday Chrissie’ still lingers in my mind. Going on holiday is a great time for reflection and at the time it feels like anything can be possible, which I love. But, after returning home to rainy England, where my previous problems remain, that feeling has started to flicker, and from my previous experience, it eventually disappears all together. This got me thinking, is it possible for my holiday alter ego and regular-self to co-exist?

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I always find that going away enables me to take a step back from my problems and to put everything into perspective. This diminishes any stress still niggling at my mind, and helps me feel calm and positive. But, in the past it’s been too easy to slip back into old habits after returning home and to get easily irritated, moan or engage in negative gossip. Although it’s already proving to be a challenge, I really do want to see things in a different way so I’ve decided to take up meditation to try and keep a piece of holiday-Chrissie alive.

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When I go on holiday, I love to read, try new things, and get a bit more cultured. However, when I’m at home it’s so easy to just re-watch my favourite TV series, visit my go-to cafe for brunch every Saturday and stay within my comfort zone, which is what I usually do.

But, since I’ve been home, I’ve made a list of everywhere in the city I live that I would love to try, to encourage myself to try new things. Now whenever I’ve arranged to go for dinner or breakfast, I can just pick something new from my list and hopefully discover something amazing.

When it comes to books, I’ve definitely read more this year than I have in a long time, but it can still be a challenge to continue with this good habit when I’m home. But, my bookcase is now filled with exciting new reads I can’t wait to get through, and I’ve set myself a challenge of reading at least one book a month which has helped me so far to stay motivated.

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I have never been an early bird but while recovering from jet-lag I found myself getting up at 7am and going to bed at 10pm, which I really enjoyed. It felt amazing to get so much done before midday and to get an early night. But, this really isn’t natural for me so I’ve been setting alarms in the morning to try and keep it up. I have a feeling this routine will eventually slide…

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It almost feels inevitable that my holiday-self will eventually fade away and my bad habits will return, like it has previously. But, this doesn’t always have to be the case. This time round, I know it takes work to make these changes permanent, so I’m putting in a little bit more effort in the hopes it makes a difference.

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