Why everyone should take some time out and think of nothing

This is my fourth year in a row coming to a yoga retreat in Greece and I think everyone should try and find a week just for themselves. It doesn’t have to be yoga, but I think we all need to spend some time in our own heads thinking about the big picture, whilst also allowing moments of no thought. Concentrating on breathing and feeling the warmth of the sun on your face with the wind in your hair is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating.

The physical side is also very helpful in recharging the batteries. Stretching and balancing, building muscles, strength and stamina are all very valuable too. But one of the best things is the camaraderie of the other women. There is something so fulfilling about talking all day about everything under the sun with people who you start off not knowing very well but then become friends, confidantes and backers.

It may sound self-indulgent to some to take time out for yourself but I think it is vitally important for your own emotional well-being and those around you. The mere fact of going to a new place where you are solely responsible for yourself and don’t have to work, cook, wash up, clean or make plans gives your brain some much needed time off. Stepping back from your worries or concerns helps put them in perspective and helps you cope much better.

As well as all these sensible reasons for coming, there is another much overlooked one – laughter. Gather a group of mature women together and we can laugh at everything. I have met many who have come because they have just experienced a great tragedy, trauma or loss and yet they can still find little things in life funny. This is what saves us.

Whatever form you wish to take your time out from your everyday life, I urge you to do it. It doesn’t need to cost a lot or be for a long period of time, but you need to free your mind from routine and monotony, feel your body loosening up and laugh at life.

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