3 Things I learned from my holiday in the Seychelles
Last year to celebrate my 40th birthday, my partner and I went to the Seychelles for a holiday. I had always wanted to go to the Seychelles – here are 3 things I learned.
1. Worry less, It’s not until I left the hustle and bustle of fast-paced London that I realised just how much I worried. I can’t recall a time when I was at such peace; I knew that back at home in the UK our children were in the safe care of my mum. Seven days and nights in a 5-star all-inclusive hotel, with excellent weather – all I needed to worry about was what to wear on the beach and what to wear for dinner. What I learned was, things will always work out in the end, so why stress and worry about anything? By being away from my regular daily life routine, I had time to reflect on the things I would worry about and I asked myself what changed by me worrying about those things, yes that’s right, nothing. Worrying was robbing me of energy and impacting on my health in a negative way.
2. The importance of time out, It was lovely spending time with my partner in an amazing country, breath-taking scenery and great food (yes I am a foodie). It’s vital when you have a family and run a business that you spend quality time away with your partner; it’s so easy to get caught up with family issues or business problems that you neglect your relationship. The last time my partner and I went away just the two of us, prior to the Seychelles holiday, was in 2010 when we went to LA – way too long. Don’t get me wrong, in that gap we had been away on weekend breaks in the UK, but not abroad.
3. Gratitude and appreciation, When you’re surrounded by such beauty, you can’t help but reflect on life and the future. Prior to going away, there were times when looking back I had ungrateful thoughts, such as why things were not going in the direction I wanted them to quicker etc. There was this one day I was on the beach and I vowed to myself that when I got back home I would never have another ungrateful thought. To ensure I stuck to this, I took out my mobile phone and captured the beauty that surrounded me and recorded a message for my future self. Last week was the first time I had an ungrateful thought since the holiday, and I watched the video I recorded – believe me I was soon feeling grateful again.