I believe that taking time out from your regular routine is good for the mind, body and soul.
We are not machines and no one can be completely ‘on it’ at all times. Having a break mentally and physically gives you a break from your thoughts, allowing you to be completely immersed in the moment, to be present and connect with others.
That’s why going on holiday often feels so good. As you slide your feet into the sand with a cocktail in hand it feels like an immense relief of knowing, that at that moment, nothing else matters. You can stop the thoughts from flying around your head for just one moment and totally be where you are at.
I have just got back from a week back in the UK visiting friends and family, it certainly wasn’t about having my feet in soft white sands, instead, I was realising just how scary rollercoasters are as you get older. The adrenaline junky in me used to thrive on this, but this time I was actually scared for my life.
But the week out still allowed me to shut my laptop and didn’t open it once, only checking emails on my phone. I spent my time being in the moment. I haven’t worked out and have completely relaxed my diet giving myself full permission to indulge in all of the foods that I miss from back home.
I have come back feeling like my brain has had a rest, I’m experiencing surges of ideas and the inspiration seems to be just flowing once again.
Wayne Dyer talks about getting in the gaps between thoughts during meditations. I like to think of your time out, moments of being present as being gaps in the regular routine, the never-ending thoughts and actually where you find the space to go on to take bigger steps forward.
I have not gained any weight during my week off, though I am feeling a little softer and a lot more sluggish as I indulged in a fair amount of fried foods. My sleep was severely disrupted, I don’t think I slept well all week so I now feel I’m catching up with it.
This means I now feel excited to introduce some routine once again, both for work, writing, eating…