Finding time for yourself to enjoy some time away from the routine and challenges of everyday life can have the biggest and bestest affect on your life and your outlook!
You may have noticed that the blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds were a little stagnant over the past week or so and wondered where’s Sarah gone? Well, some of you did and thank you to those who emailed to ask if I was OK!
We went camping!
The thing is, I went on holiday and didn’t schedule any posts to go out while I was away. Not because I didn’t have time or that I thought you didn’t need them, just that I needed to give myself some space to clear my head, take a well needed break and refresh myself. It was really quite liberating and has given me the drive to get more out there for you – things t help you, things to get you thinking and things that will get you excited and motivated! (and the best bit was that I didn’t even feel guilty for not leaving anything going on!)
Like restarting your computer when the programmes run slower, YOU need to turn off and turn on again when you need to refresh.
My boyfriend and I took a trip up to Scotland on the coast of the Solway Firth on the South West coast to enjoy some camping, walking and delicious fresh air. We most certainly got the fresh air when we arrived and were setting up our tent in 27 miles per hour unsheltered coastal winds! But you know what? We now know that we can do it and in only 2 hours!
In the past we have been extremely guilty of burning ourselves out and then being forced to take time off only to end up ill and run down for the actual trip – I can tell you that being ill when you are on holiday is awful as you end up pushing through and not giving yourself time to heal and mend! So now that we have learnt our lessons (ahem, after about 4 times of trying) we now make time for going away and having ‘Lazy Days’ where we plan to do nothing on a Sunday and schedule it into our dairies. We even stick to them! SHOCKER!
Do you make sure that you take some time for yourself to get away from the daily stresses and strains? What could you do in addition to the things you already do?
Experience something new
No matter what your situation or budget, you need to make sure that you take some time away from the daily grind of life by stepping off the roller coaster and seeing something new and different. Just the experience of seeing or doing something different can have create a vast improvement in your mood, outlook and perspective.
We were able to stretch our budget to be able to go camping (which is super affordable and really gets you back to the earth and fresh air… although you can take an airbed, power and comfort if you don’t want to be sleeping on the floor!) and means that you can explore other parts of the country and surrounding areas. Also, we were amazingly lucky to find that to add a bit of luxury to our trip we could get affordable access to the private onsite spa facilities!*
Were we were located, we were right on the coast which provided us with a stunning view and also the perfect place to walk and enjoy the fresh air. There were also loads of animals for me to pet and feed (I am a crazy animal lover and can’t really go very long between petting animals – my other half even joked about testing me to see how long I could go without touching an animal! Not very long, I can honestly say… even if the head Llama spits at me – oh that’s another story and there are pictures to go along too!!)
If your budget is tighter, you can take a holiday at home. No I am not being silly, I have had many a holiday at home and “staycation”. It might sound like you will be doing the same things as you normally would, but you won’t.
A holiday at home doesn’t have to be boring, you just need to do something different.
One of the best things for me about any holiday I take is turning off my social media and emails and leaving my phone on ‘Do not disturb’ as I can really step away from my daily life, which evolves mainly around internet and contact. To holiday at home, you can start simply by turning off your social networks and letting people know that you are having some time away from the crazy world – so that they don’t ring you or start to fret that you aren’t as active on Facebook/Twitter as usual.
Then you can plan your adventures! Get up earlier…or later. Go for a walk around the area where you live and notice the things around you, take different routes and aim to walk down streets that you have never visited. Be a tourist in your own city or town, see the touristy things and take pictures as though you were somewhere new. I do this one regularly and I learn something new each and every time.
Treat yourself to some time where you do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Sit and relax, think, do the things that you ‘don’t have time for’ in your regular life.
See, it really is as simple as taking some time out. Removing yourself from the distractions of life and learning to see and do things in a different way.
Here are some tips for your holiday at home or mini retreat
1. Turn off your social media
By taking a break from your social media you will clear your head of all the things that other people are doing and be able to concentrate on yourself. I promise that you are not going to miss the biggest piece of news and to be honest, does it matter anyway? If like me, you want to be completely out of the stream, don’t turn on the TV or radio either! Instead, listen to your own favourite music without the intermissions of bad news and information or adverts!
2. Do something different
Go for a walk somewhere you have never been before, be a tourist in your own town or city, exploring the buildings, streets and places of interest – look up and take photos to create your holiday album!
3. Make time for yourself
Do things that you don’t have time for when you are doing your daily routine like reading, sitting under a tree in the park, people watching or just simply doing nothing….without feeling guilty!
5. Get some rest
Relax and gets some sleep – it might sound simple and possibly a bit boring for a holiday, but getting lots of rest will really rejuvenate you and restart your system. On our camping trip, we were in bed by 10:30 every night without fail!
Remember, it is not where you are, it is what you make of it that really matters!
What will you do for your holiday? What tips do you have for others taking a mini break on a budget or at hone?
Share in the comments below…
*We don’t have a spa facility at home so to make the most of it in our modest little way, we fill up washing up bowls with lovely water and your choice of essential or bubble bath and sit back and relax. It may not be a hot tub, but it certainly creates the same relaxing effect! (: