Being in one place for a very long time can create a sense of deep familiarity and safety. Having that one place you know will make you feel the most at ease and give you that sense of comfort – for instance your childhood home or a favourite place you constantly revisit. That, for the most part, is good.
On the other hand, this can cause one to feel restless, stagnant in their career path or varsity work and even some emotional distress.
I may not be an expert but personal experience can attest to this.
Over the course of my birthday month, the month of April, I was blessed enough to have been able to go out of town on two occasions – my 21st birthday weekend in Cape Town and most recently the Freedom Day long weekend spent with family in Durban.
I had not realised how much I needed the getaway until I was deep within it and trust me when I say it was fruitful.
As I am in my final year in university – assignment deadlines, tests and the general stress of wanting to pass well enough to make it to graduation – I find myself on a constant emotional rollercoaster ride and sometimes even become physically ill suffering from either headaches, fatigue or stomach aches.
Upon doing some research (trustee Dr Google), I learnt that stress can cause a multitude of physical illnesses that if ignored or not managed well may have dire consequences.
I discovered that the most natural way to deal with stress is retreat and relax.
Take some much needed time off to do things that fuel your soul and rejuvenate your body.
Why not be a tourist in your own country?
Should you not be able to afford to leave your city, explore places within or in surrounding areas.
Who says you cannot check into the Bed & Breakfast 15mins away from home for a self-care weekend?
Most important part of life is one’s wellbeing.
Never underestimate the therapeutic power of travel.
So next time you aren’t quite feeling yourself, you’re questioning your work or just tired of being tired – it could just be that much needed R and R calling your name!
All images by Amanda Klaas
Stay beautiful, stay blessed
-Amanda Klaas xx