As somebody who grew up in a small village I craved living in the city. I wanted to be amongst the hustle and bustle and close to amenities. I have that now and whilst I wouldn’t change it I have realised that a little bit of country still lives within me. By this I mean that I love a walk through trees and nature, with just the sound of birds around me. I’m lucky because my other half loves this too and now it is something that we can enjoy together.
We are in the age of technology, I must confess that I can’t go anywhere without my phone and I would break out in a cold sweat if the WIFI went down, but it is really lovely to step outside for even half an hour and escape all of that and just talk and walk.
We have found a few special spots where we can just chuck on some trainers and I can scrape my hair off my face into a scrunchie (I am a child of the 90’s/00’s after all) and just go for a wander and a chat. During these times we are not only benefiting from fresh air and exercise but we are nurturing us as well. We talk about anything and everything whether that is moaning, planning the future, debating something, or simply catching up on our day. The best part? No interruptions courtesy of a ping from a mobile! If there is an interruption it is only to point something out around us…it was a bright blue dragonfly on our most recent outing.
So, what I’m trying to say is that whilst I see nothing wrong with popping my mobile data on as I grab my keys and leave the house, or having my phone sitting next to me on the sofa, I’m still really happy that I have found something to enjoy that is good for me mentally and physically and allows me a bit of time to switch off and just be with the person I am with. We haven’t yet embarked on a walk without our phones in our pockets but that is where they stay, unless we spot something that we want a photo of and that’s okay because that is us building memories. Everything else can wait. I have learned that half an hour is not too long to respond to a message.
I wouldn’t have thought that an old pair of trainers and a game of spot the stinging nettle would make me smile so much, but it has and I know now that I can tackle everything else far easier having given myself a little bit of time for me.
What do you do to switch off and escape life for a bit? I would love some new ideas to try out!
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!