Holidays, even short breaks, give us a chance to reflect. The pace slows, our bodies can get into a natural rhythm rather than being controlled by an alarm clock. Our brains are released from the pressures of household chores, work emails and schedules and are free to wander.
There may be areas of our lives we are unhappy with, things we only wish we could change or do differently. But days get filled with monotonous tasks and other people’s problems and we drop down the list as a priority. Our mental capacity is drained by the time we come to personal development, so it gets put on the “To Do” list (along with cleaning out the cupboards, printing out photos and emailing friends in distant places). After a few days on holiday – this mental clutter subsides. Our minds are finally free to explore the issues nagging at our souls. We have the time to start opening new thought boxes, where we know we can unpack as much stuff as possible without being interrupted by daily life.
For me, being surrounded by nature only speeds up the process. Gav thinks I am a hippy at heart (not a non prescription glasses wearing hipster, a hippy). You plonk me down amidst the trees and birds and my soul flourishes. I suck up all of mother nature’s goodness and it’s just the fuel I need to better myself.
Since returning, I have made many mental inroads. However, none of them have arrived at a final destination at this stage. I love sharing my nuggets of wisdom with you so this is just a tasting plate at the moment. If you can, spend a few minutes each day blocking out the daily garbage that comes with being an adult. Let your mind traverse to memories of places that made you feel relaxed and at ease. Make time for yourself. Have a mini mental holiday if you can’t get away for the real deal.