I have just had the most wonderfully relaxing two days! In a rather impromptu manner, I decided to escape the daily grind, escape Perth and escape reality to go on a quick little mid-week holiday to Rottnest Island. I took Wednesday and Thursday off work, bought a return ferry ticket, packed my bikinis, hat and a good book, then met one of my best friends over there for two days of stress-free, care-free bliss.
We spent most our time soaking up the suns rays while tanning and reading our books on the beautiful, pristine, peaceful beaches. There were also a couple of cheeky bottles of wine shared (when in Rome, right?), lots of bike riding, snorkelling and of course, quality best friend bonding time. It was absolute perfection.
It really was so nice to just stop for a little while. To forget about work, to forget about daily duties, to forget about my worries and just be. To just relax and enjoy the tranquillity of having no obligations (even if it was only for a little while). I was in complete holiday mode – which for me, is a very difficult thing to do.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I don’t stop. Not even kidding, I practically work 7 days a week, I never get weekends off (which sucks when this is the only time my friends are free), I’m always busy, I rarely have the opportunity to socialise or go out and when I do have free time, if I’m not exercising, I am running errands or just two exhausted to do anything but sleep. The life of Elo is go go go! And believe it or not, I actually don’t mind. I kind of like being busy. I’m one of those crazy people who thrive under pressure. In fact, when I do have a day off, I don’t know what to do with myself. I have to fill every spare moment with some sort of task. Whether its cleaning, food shopping, washing, cleaning, working out, organising or cleaning, I have to be doing something, anything! Yes, it’s usually cleaning! Basically, as long as I fit my exercise in to my day, I am happy.
But, I learnt something important on my short, but oh-so-sweet vay-cay to Rotto and that is – just stop and give yourself a break! It’s ok to relax every now and then. In fact, its essential!
Having a break is just what the doctor ordered. I needed it. I needed to just relax for once. I enjoyed every single peaceful moment of lying on the beach reading my book, with the smell of the ocean in the air and the sound of waves gently crashing on the shore.
From now on, I am going to make more of an effort to pause and appreciate life for a while. I’ve realized that it doesn’t have to be go go go all the time. Yes life gets hectic, yes life is busy, but don’t let it overwhelm you. The best way to achieve inner peace and avoid having a mental breakdown under the stress that is life, is to stop and give yourself a break.
It doesn’t have to be a holiday or spontaneous getaway to Rottnest island (although wouldn’t it be nice if we could always do that mid-week). It could just be a 10 minute time-out on your own after a busy day at work. It could be some meditation first thing in the morning when you wake up. Maybe even a solitary walk will do the trick. Or set aside some time to write in your journal and reflect on the day.