Whenever I take time away from the hectic life I inevitably lead in London, (even when I've built calm & zen pockets into it!) I'm reminded of the same thing.
That to remove yourself from your life once in a while is a good thing. And it involves a conscious decision to make that space away. And that only great things happen when you do it. So do it often!
It taught me a few lessons that are so easy to remember when you are away from daily life and you have that all important time and space to think, create and BE. My biggest challenge- and lesson has been how to incorporate these elements into my life once I am back home, back to work, commuting, often grey skies.
I had the chance to really explore this during my 3 month sabbatical at the end of 2016, where I studied, travelled to 7 countries with loved ones and alone, and explored the world.
So what have I learnt?
1. Happiness is a state of mind
It's easy to be happy when you are away from the stresses of life and in a relaxed, sunny place. Coming back from my 3 month was incredibly hard - especially coming back in January (won;t do that again!) But in time I have realised that you can choose to be happy in any moment. Yes sunshine, no work or life responsibilities help, but a conscious effort to build happiness into your day can mean you hold onto that vibe.
Every Sunday I sit down and plan out my week and I book a class and something fun so I have some goodness to look forward to! I also made my morning walk to the station a fixture rather than only when I have time. I make an effort to notice the nature around me and take in the budding leaves, the trees and the sky- even when it's grey! It makes me feel free and reminds me I am still in beautiful nature even if it is more urban than I'd like. I came back and make a point of booking yoga classes, workshops, social stuff and the next trip into my diary.
2. Find the sunshine in you