There are times when we know that we need to take time out, to step away from the busyness of our lives and just relax.
Knowing that and acting on it can be two entirely different things. And we often end up wishing rather than doing anything about it.
I’ve looked at pictures of destinations I’d love to visit, or drooled over a brochure on an especially desired holiday or cruise. Dreaming of being there, but then reality always steps in and I look at my bank account and know that it’s just not possible right now.
Still you could visit the library and stock up on books then turn off your phone, hide the car, disconnect the doorbell and hibernate in your own home for a while. True.
Although that isn’t quite the same as actually getting away from the regular everyday stuff we are surrounded and bombarded with.
We’ve talked about taking time out and using our time-share to disappear for a week . Now that we don’t have the same demands that as when we were running a business, fighting to survive and ensure that our employees did too. Yet we still get bogged down in mundane life chores and things that we need to escape from once in a while.
So I cleared my diary as best I could, booked us a week away — and it was not too far either. I packed some food, clothes and necessities; visited the library and stocked up on those books I’d been thinking about reading one day. Rummaged through the DVD collection and found some I hadn’t even watched; packed the car, picked up some groceries and headed off after organising the cat’s care for the week.
Now we didn’t go very far from home, but once we got there it could have been anywhere in the world. The pool was just down the steps and around the corner, along with the very enticing (and relaxing) spa.
We slept late, read in bed, watched DVD’s and swam daily. Really relaxed. Took short drives and enjoyed coffees and the scenery. Did some bike riding, walked barefoot in the sand and generally unwound from our personal daily grind.
We enjoyed each others company whilst putting up with small inconveniences of not having everything we are used to having and generally revelled in our time out.
We came back on Friday ready to get on with life again but this time with a difference. We now have some priorities and the main one of those is to actually take time out on a regular basis to look after ourselves. It takes time to get out of the habit of caring for others before yourself. We’ve done that as parents and then as business owners and now we don’t have that anymore. We’ll always be parents, but our children don’t have the need for us they once did — and that’s great.
It’s taken a couple of years to lose the habits associated with running a business — the expectations and the hundred and one other things that go with it. Now is the time for us, being ever mindful of the need to care for ourselves now, and to nurture much more than we’ve done in the past.
So —the internal batteries are recharged and I’m ready to take on my life again.
Bring it on!