Frazzled? Here’s the top 20 signs you need a holiday

-Sep 12, Jenny Paul, Mind -


It might seem as if the summer holidays are just over, but in fact September sees the majority of us feeling tired and frazzled, or getting angry more than usual, and not realising it’s because we’re desperately in need of a break.

Losing your sense of humour, bingeing on ‘dis-comfort’ food and being unable to sleep through the night are all signs you need a holiday, according to a new study.

Being unusually short-tempered when held up in a queue, losing your temper with colleagues or clients at work and hitting the snooze button more than you used to are also tell-tale signs.

Forgetting people’s names even though you know them well, misplacing keys and missing a loved one’s birthday also made the list.

Unsurprisingly, the research commissioned by Grace Say Aloe – the brand behind the popular aloe vera drink – shows getting fed up with friend’s holiday pictures being plastered all over social media is another indicator that it’s time for a holiday.

For more than a third of us, the biggest signifier that a break is much needed is that little problems will start to feel massive, while a fifth of those polled claim spending way too long staring at the phone is a sign.

It also emerged the average adult needs FOUR breaks during the typical year.

Creativity and empowerment coach, Kate Taylor, says: “We might be nearing the end of the summer holiday season, but as the research shows, many of us need those regular breaks in order to maintain positivity and productiveness all year round.

“Sometimes it isn’t a full holiday that is needed, but just a little bit of time to break out from our daily routines, to rebalance and reboot. Even some time away from our mobile phones is all it takes to switch off.

“Many people find they suffer from low energy and tiredness if they work for very long periods of time without taking the time to reboot.”

The study shows the average person typically starts to need another holiday just 42 days after returning from a break away.

At this point, one in ten will start to swear more than usual and almost a quarter will put up with a messy house as they can’t be bothered to tidy.

Being unable to get out of bed in the morning and not being able to face the to-do list also feature in the top 20, as does yawning more, not being able to muster the energy for small talk and oversleeping.

Eight in 10 people say they need regular breaks in order to stay happy, healthy and positive, and as such, the average person says they won’t work longer than 70 days without some sort of rest.

But for those who are unable to get the breaks or holidays they need, almost half notice they are more tired than usual, a fifth start to make silly mistakes at work and a third are less enthusiastic about work – yet it’s not true that you need to go away for a fortnight to feel better, often just a couple of days break from your usual routine will do.

If you can’t afford a two-week holiday how about a mini-break? 


Abi Wright, who is the Founder of which has come up with the brilliant idea of Women’s Wellness Week which starts on September 18th tells Lumity: “We all think of a holiday and think of the need to travel long distances for extended periods off work, but in truth, most of us need a rest a little and often.

Holidays always seem like an indulgence but they’re so important for our overall health and wellbeing – having the time to simply not be ‘on’ allows you to relax and unwind meaningfully, which is actually extremely important in helping to prevent stress related conditions such as tension headaches.

“One psychologist estimated that our bodies need approximately three to four weeks a year of total rest – a combination of proper weekends, holidays and mini breaks, to really make sure we’re functioning at the best level we can, and that could be a short break overseas or within the UK.

“We have really seen an increase in people wanting to get away for one or two nights on Spa breaks in the UK and overseas. There are some amazing spa destinations in Europe and the UK, which I would highly recommend, some of my personal favourites at the moment being in Ireland. Galgorm Resort and Spa combines luxury, a scenic location and a wonderful knowledge of health and fitness for example, while in the UK, the likes of Lifehouse Spa and Hotel offer tailored wellbeing and advice alongside healthy eating and a beautiful environment. We have also seen some stunning new destination spas open in the North of the country and are well worth a visit on your next ‘staycation’.

Check our Rudding Park and Swinton Park spas if you just want to get away for a couple of days.”

When away from work and routine, three in five people most enjoy getting away from normality, while half like the feeling of being refreshed and revitalised.

Money is the biggest reason people don’t book more breaks (64 per cent), followed by workload for 32 per cent of people.

For those who can’t go on holiday very often, 29 per cent ‘reboot’ by visiting friends and family, 12 per cent switch off their phones and one in 10 meditate.


Frazzled? Here’s The Top 20 Signs You Need A Holiday



  1. Little problems seem massive
  2. You can’t remember the last time you took a break
  3. People keep telling you that you look tired
  4. You lose your sense of humour
  5. The house is messy but you can’t be bothered to tidy it
  6. You can’t get out of bed in the morning
  7. You can’t face your to-do list
  8. You struggle to sleep through the night
  9. You eat more comfort food
  10. You get more angry than usual when you are held up in a queue
  11. You yawn more often
  12. You enter a room and can’t remember what you went into there for
  13. Spending more time daydreaming than doing your actual day job
  14. You can no longer muster the will to make small talk at work
  15. You swear more than usual
  16. You lose your temper with colleagues or clients at work
  17. You hit snooze more than usual
  18. You are fed up of seeing friends’ holiday pictures on social media
  19. You find yourself looking over old travel pictures over and over again
  20. You oversleep more than once a week

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