As COVID-19 continues to put many of our holiday plans on hold for the time-being, in the midst of this pandemic many of us may find our mood slipping and anxiety increasing for many different reasons. And although holidays may seem a little trivial as we face such challenging and scary times, getting away and switching-off for a few weeks a year undoubtedly plays a huge part in our mental health and wellbeing; from the precious time away from the stresses and routine of everyday life, to the shared experience and recollection of treasured memories you will enjoy for years to come; holidays really do matter.
So, as we continued to work away on helping our customers with their cancelled bookings, we were delighted to get a call from Shirley Mclean, an an Advanced Clinical hypnotherapist at Prestwich Hypnotherapy. Shirley, who is based predominantly at Prestwich Pharmacy has been useing her expertise in hypnotherapy to create a suite of free ‘virtual holiday’ downloads, to enable people to spirit their minds away to an amazing holiday destination and in doing so, take back a little of the relaxation and release they would have enjoyed had their holiday gone ahead. Having ourselves spent the last three-months helping dissapointed holiday-makers re-arrange long-awaited and carefully crafted plans, we jumped at the chance to get involved with this positive initiative.
Shirley explained “At a time when we can’t guarantee a lengthier reprieve, something as simple as taking a ‘virtual holiday’ can offer moment of escapism. This allows you an outlet for the stress we are facing, and the energy to re-engage with life in lockdown. My free downloads are a form of self-hypnosis, and simply require you to sit down in a quiet and comfortable spot, close your eyes, listen to my words, visualise the holiday destination, and relax.”
Working alongside Shirley, we shared trends of the most popular holidays people may wish to experience; from luxurious Maldivan beach escapes, to USA self-drives and, of course, the ultimate family Disney experience. Undoubtedly, coming out of this difficult time will inspire people to plan all kinds of trips and experience new things. We expect to see a rise in independent travel, especially road trips, where customers will enjoy a sense of adventure and being out on the fresh air after months at home. We are also expecting an uplift in ‘bucket list’ holidays; those one-in-a-lifetime experiences such as an African safari, as well as multi-generational holidays as families take time to re-connect. These trends are reflected in Shirley’s downloads, as she takes you around the world from the comfort of your home.
We are so pleased to be able to help share Shirley’s fantastic free resources with our customers, in the hope that it’ll bring a short escape to someone’s day. We hope you enjoy them and are able to take some time for positivity and peace whilst you listen.
You can download your own free virtual holiday on the following link: https://www.prestwichhypnotherapy.co.uk/free-holidays