Suffering from: Elsewhereism?

Do you pay a lot to get away from email and stressful colleagues, only to find yourself sitting on that expensive beach still wishing you were 'somewhere else'?

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

The malady has spread far and wide, thanks to gadgets such as BlackBerries and iPhones, which remind you where else you could be (as well as letting you know what a fun time other people are having). It's also not helped by the fact that magazines and newspapers endlessly review trendy hotels in Brazil full of supermodels, and other similarly glitzy places you're not likely to visit soon. Elsewhereism is just as rampant in the office. You get called to one meeting and think, I should have been at the other one. The cure? Either go mad with frustration or learn a few simple exercises, such as living in the 'now'. Or you could just switch off the gadgets.

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