Gratitude comes in many forms.
The satisfying slurp of sweet tea. The crunch of this seasons first picked wonky cucumber. The shiver of tiny bubbles over your skin as you dive through the water on a hot summers day.
Simple, yet all equally gratifying.
So is having the luxury to step out of your business for an entire summer.
Perth is okay. In fact, it's a fantastic place to be a tourist in your own town. Let's face it, Perth beaches really are the best.
My summer break (aka self appointed long service leave) was part needed rest and part necessity. With all 3 kids at home for the school holidays, I made the choice to chuck my usual summer kid juggle.
No day care, vacation care, summer camps or kids clubs. I decided to take a long break too, visiting beaches of my childhood past and throwing in a few self care bodywork treatments in the mix too.
My top 3 ways to rest and restore:
1. Beach therapy. Wind in your hair, sand in your toes (and bum!). The ocean cleanses and calms a weary soul. Salt water is especially healing for you. I wrote a whole blog about the benefits of Salt Therapy here.
2. Creative writing. Journaling, drawing, doodling. Every day. Write something, get it down on paper the minute you wake up. My new ritual on my summer break started with a glass of water, a freshly brewed coffee and fresh sheet of paper to explore, anything really. Dreams from the night before. Conscious stream writing. Ideas for blogs and the future. Frustrations. I'd write. My mind would clear.
3. Sunsets. Being at the beach house in Falcon for 14 days, I made a commitment to stroll to the beach every night after dinner and watch the sun set. Sometimes I would be by myself and other times the kids joined me, building sandcastles or chasing waves on the shoreline. Watching the sun being swallowed by the ocean filled me with immense gratitude. It's a practice I try to commit to most nights, whether we go for a walk around the neighbourhood or sit out the front on the grass. Seeing the sunset is a satisfying end to the day, bringing you back to the present moment.
Simple things and actions create space for rest and restoration. For me, beach elements, sunsets and creative writing fill my cup. I know that when I am feeling overwhelmed or drained, I can draw on any of these three tools to restore my sense of self.
How do you recharge your battery daily, weekly?
Nicola Hogan is a Wellbeing Professional with a knack for crafting client relationships.
A Holistic Therapist, Creative Communicator, Massage Therapy Mentor and Mum to 3 school aged kids, Nicola has spent years creating a biz/life balance that (mostly) works. Nature lover, urban gardener and coffee addict, she's a stickler for good customer service and is not afraid to speak out when it's in lack.
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