Never underestimate the benefits of a change of scenery. We’ve just come back from a weeklong road trip up North from Perth, Australia. When it gets a little cold in Perth, we head North where the temperature is warmer and the sun doesn’t stop shining.
We ended up in Kalbarri, Shark Bay and Monkey Mia. From pink lakes and feeding wild dolphins to rugged outback cliff hikes, discovering marine life from a catamaran, beaches made entirely of shells and emus walking down the street. When the golden beaming sun glistens over the turquoise blue waters and white sandy beaches, it doesn’t get much better than that.
For the first time in I can’t even remember, we were without our laptops and wifi-less. A true vacation.
When you work for yourself, especially when you’re starting out, you tend to neglect life and focus just on getting the job done. I get it. Making your business your priority is admirable, but sometimes we forget about all the things we’re missing out on.
Don’t ever put off living or put conditions on your life’s happiness. We’ll do this when… the business ‘takes off’. We’ll go there when… I win the lottery. Be a master at balancing your personal and professional life from the start.
Personal rewards can also help encourage better workflow and a change of scenery can do wonders for your creativity and not to mention, sanity.
Sometimes we need to shake things up a bit. Our lives become too mundane and methodical. We become complacent with nothing new to look forward to and no excitement from one day to the next. Remember that life starts outside of your comfort zone. Push those boundaries, limitations and expectations and you’ll in turn feel a renewed exhilaration for life.
New surroundings, routines or adventures can spark off new ideas in other areas of your life too. It helps open up those creative blocks, gets those imagination juices flowing and gives you a broader perspective on life. We always find that after a break or getaway we are ready and eager to get back to work with a reawakened passion for what we’re doing.
You may not be able to take a trip right now. Money may be tight or maybe you have other obligations or time constraints that make an international flight out of there, near impossible. But there are other ways to get away.
Get in the car and drive out to the country and stay in a BnB for the weekend. Take a short flight, train or bus trip for a nearby city break. Visit friends or relatives in another state or county, or just check yourself into a hotel or if you’re game, a backpackers hostel, on the other side of town for a few nights.
We make the effort to see as much of the world as we can, but easily forget what’s in our own backyard. Be a tourist in your own city. View it from a different perspective. Take in the sights, or better yet, meet up with travellers and show them around. It will give you a better appreciation for where you are and maybe even get you an invite to somewhere you haven’t been.
Go camping! Sleep under the stars. Cook your own food and catch or gather your own food, if you’re up for it. Experience nature in all it’s beauty.
Spend the day at the beach. There’s something so calming, peaceful, relaxing and even meditative about watching the waves crash on shore. It will reduce your stress or anxiety and give you better mental focus and clarity. Isn’t that worth a trip to the coast?
At the very least, have tech-free days. Get away from the computer and leave your phone and devices at home. Go out there and experience life, without distraction. Be present in this moment, in this time, in this space. Be grateful for what you have and where you are. Give your brain a break from thinking about the past or the future. As spiritual author and yogi Ram Dass would say, ‘Be here, now’.
Life is about variety, vitality and vivacity. If you don’t get out there and live it, you’ll wake up one day and realise you’ve missed it. Make living life here and now, a necessity.