After a hectic week at work, I returned home this weekend to spend some much needed time with the family.
I love living in London, but I am slowly learning that I need to take regular breaks from the chaos that comes with living and working in the city.
As soon as I reach the M1 the air changes, as does the scenery. With that my mind clears, the stress lifts and I feel energised.
Although we are now in September, the weather was beautifully warm this weekend, which also meant getting lots of sunshine.
When I first used to return home after moving to London, I would pack my weekends full, catching up with friends as well as family. However as much as I want to see everyone, it just wasn’t physically sustainable. I would return to London feeling more tired than when I left. By the middle of the week I would be frazzled and felt far from rested. So now, as much as I still feel guilty at times, I try to have a weekend of seeing family or friends, rather than both.
I can’t tell you how good it felt to escape from the city this weekend. Sitting at home in my parents garden, I switched off from work and just enjoyed sitting in the garden, letting the sunshine soak into my skin, eating good food, and catching up with my family.
I felt truly relaxed, a feeling I haven’t enjoyed in weeks.
And now, sitting back in my London flat, enjoying a glass of wine, I feel rested and relaxed and ready to tackle the week ahead.