Mindfulness: July

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It seems like a long time since I’ve done a mindfulness write-up, which can only mean it’s been a nice slow month. I’m sure my week in the South of France has something to do with it.

July’s tips from 365 Days of Mindfulness include a range of activities and considerations to help us approach life in a more mindful way. Tips range from remembering you don’t need to be a super-person, to making a conscious effort to reduce your talking, and from singing joyously to discovering something new in the place you live.

I could have written about all of these and more – particularly as I have spent today exploring new parts of the area I live. But, I’ve decided to focus on a more important piece of advice:

WHEN YOU RETURN FROM A HOLIDAY ABROAD, IT’S GREAT TO HAVE THE MEMORIES,
BUT DON’T JUST DAYDREAM ABOUT WHEN YOUR NEXT TRIP WILL BE.
BE PRESENT IN YOUR DAILY LIFE AND ENJOY THE NEW PERSPECTIVE SOME TIME AWAY CAN BRING.

As you’ll know from my write-up of the week abroad, I love nothing more than relaxing in the sunshine. I honestly don’t think I could get through the year without the warm sun on my aching body, and the time to pick myself out of a busy, demanding routine and forget the world I live in.

But, I completely appreciate the message from today’s mindfulness tip and – this year more than any other – have taken a new perspective on things after the holiday.

You see, my holiday was pretty expensive. The flights and accommodation were cheap, but I often think that cheap flights means a cheap holiday and therefore I should obviously have a week away. In actual fact, cheap flights are kind of irrelevant, especially when you spend an unnecessary small fortune on cheese on wine.

I also realised that I shouldn’t push myself to a point where a week in the sun is essential to avoid flare ups and exhaustion. Instead, I should be pacing myself in daily life and making sure I can cope with life at home. There are so many good things to do in London, the majority of which I have never checked out, so there shouldn’t be a desire to flee the country every time I need a break. What about a restful week at home, dotted with some local treats?

And then there’s the boyfriend. Although we live together, we don’t have a lot of quality time. Like so many couples we rush in and out of work and play, quickly catching up over dinner before binge-watching the latest series and falling asleep. A date day in London relaxes me, cheers me up and recharges the batteries. Plus, we need to start saving some serious money if we want to maintain this London lifestyle.

So, I’m following this new mindfulness tip and trying to focus on the day-to-day, rather than just plotting my next escape.

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