Unwinding - Making Time for Me
Something that is key for me and my overall wellbeing, is downtime.
I find down time in a variety of ways – I can unwind on nights hanging out with my friends, I relax entirely on a nice night out having dinner and drinks, I can decompress catching a yoga class, or meditating for 20 minutes, and of course, reading is my ultimate relaxation activity.
But there is something exceptionally calming to me about heading out camping, with nothing but a bottle of wine and a good book for entertainment. Pop me in the middle of nowhere, with some nature nearby to appreciate, let me read uninterrupted for a day, and I am recharged in a way that cannot be replicated.
I’m not sure exactly what it is about reading while camping that I find so much more soothing. There is a magic to the silence that is a sunny day with no one around, and not a single piece of reality to distract me. While I love (LOVE) my bookstagram and twitter accounts, I also know how entirely draining they can be, and how I probably spend a bit too much time on them. Which is why I relish in finding myself camped out in spots where I struggle to get even a single bar of cell service. Forcing myself to avoid even the temptation of flipping open the apps for a minute is so refreshing.
So refreshing in fact, that I wish I could replicate that space for myself at home. I am always so dialled in – popping online once every few hours (or more) and then getting frustrated when I can’t concentrate on the book in front of me.
This summer, I will be challenging myself to stay offline more, and finding more space for the completely detached downtime that I love. I am so lucky to live outside of the city, which means I have the ability to recreate the “surrounded by nature” and “supplied with books and wine” aspects of camping that I love without leaving my yard. I know that by removing myself from the online world, I am doing myself a world of good – but I have no doubt it won’t be easy.
That being said – no time like the present to start – I’m signing off for the day and spending the next 9 hours soaking up the great outdoors – and a great book.