I have seen some remarkable “recoveries” from anxiety, stress, and too much family ‘togetherness’ with my clients when they did something so simple, yet highly effective- went away on a holiday. Some clients spend a wad of cash and book a beachfront condo somewhere tropical for a week or two, while others borrow a friend’s cabin an hour’s drive from their home and seclude themselves for a weekend. In either case, these women always seem to come back renewed, rested, and at peace.
My husband and I have also realised the wisdom of regular getaways. Because we live in a small ocean town, we prefer to hop over to a medium-large city to get a dose of city life and enjoy partaking of meals out, theatre, shopping, and people-watching. We always return home with a fresh perspective and a much deeper appreciation for the life we have in our beautiful slow-paced ocean town.
Many people in their twenties set goals for themselves which involve ‘settling down’ such as: having a steady job and income, buying a home, finding a lifetime partner, having children, and owning a car. They work their butts off getting the education they need to set this dream life up, spend lots of time and money purchasing the luxuries of their ‘dream life’, and go to great lengths to find the partner who will be a good fit and a suitable co-parent to their future children.
Then, they often spend their thirties settling into their new lives and once everything is in place, they often experience boredom and/or a feeling of being overwhelmed by all of their new responsibilities. In times like these, I often suggest that they take a trip to clear their minds, get some much-needed ‘me time’, and to catch up on their sleep.
So if life is overwhelming you, boring you, or just plain annoying you, see if it’s within your means to take a break, go somewhere quiet and rejuvenating. You’re worth it!