31 Mar Why short breaks are so important!
Every year in April, my family and I leave for a short break. My husband and I got married in April, and this is the way we prefer to celebrate our anniversary.
Several years ago we decided not to give presents each other. We prefer to embrace that saying: collect memories, not things.
And a whole weekend spent with your family makes a great memory!
It’s an incomparable way to come together and completely unplug from your daily routine. When I’m at home, I find it difficult to unplug completely at weekends.
Visiting a new place – it doesn’t have to be far away – is the easiest way to immerse myself in a new reality for a couple of days. I manage to switch from simple “weekend mode” to “holiday mode” and it’s a totally different frame of mind.
On weekend mode, at home, I can’t help thinking about the laundry, the shopping, the walls that need to be repainted, etc…
But when I’m several kilometres away… well, I just can’t do any of those things. All I can do is concentrate on my new surroundings, the views, the new people I might meet, and above all I can concentrate on my family.
I give them my complete attention in a much more relaxed way. No more distracting thoughts, just me and my family discovering a new destination.
The great thing is, breaks away with my children offer me new perspectives. I tend to see things through their eyes and it’s so exciting!
I’ve observed this very often with my kids. When we visit a place that I had previously been to without them, it’s a new way of visiting. I often find myself explaining things and noticing details that even I had forgotten.
Their eyes see things that we grown-ups sometimes don’t notice any more. I think there’s no better way for children to learn than to go places, experience them. They will maybe forget the names and the dates they were built, but they won’t forget what they saw, tasted, smelled, and overall, how they felt.
And, remember, “holiday mode” is on: plenty of smiles for photos, lots of walking in the open air, sample the food and, above all, enjoy the slower pace.
A great experience, almost therapeutic! We should do it more often!
I’m now in the process of choosing our next short break, and I’m already starting to smile!
Do short breaks have the same effect on you?