I just returned home to the rolling hills England after 9 months in Australia.
I came back for my cousins wedding and to lend a hand to my family with some house related chores that needed doing. My brother flew back from the US and I came back from Sydney to our family home in Norfolk where we spent our later teenage years growing up. It’s very nice to be back with our mum in our home town as I have a lot of close friends here.
Balance is important and I believe that everyone needs a rest and a recharge every once in a while. The interesting challenge in coming back home for me has been keeping up the good habits I have moulded in the last 6 months. Nutrition, exercise and mindfulness have been key to feeling great and living a fun independent bachelor lifestyle in Sydney.
They say that cognitive ability is related to sleep, exercise and nutrition. Well, I’ve been enjoying deep, cosy sleeps in my own bed (heaven) and have really felt massive recharge benefits from this. As far as exercise and nutrition go, I have dropped the ball slightly in the last 3 weeks. I have been eating lavish yet hearty home-cooked meals, laden with the stodgiest items that I would not really consider eating in my normal working life. I just signed up to the local gym today 58 quid for 1 month! Hopefully that will keep me a little more busy and stop the limitless cupboard raiding and comfort eating that I have been unashamedly guilty of.
Observations from the comfort zone
Before, I was on it. In Sydney I was on the mindful frontier and I was loving life. Now back in Norfolk, I am still loving life, but I have dived back into the comfort zone of home and found fresh treasures on the seabed that are doughnut and Xbox shaped.
I have found that mental arithmetic and creative activities like writing blogs and music have become very fuzzy and difficult, since switching to gluttonous / non nutritious foods.
I am sleeping longer, deeper and ‘instantly’ when my head hits the pillow. Is the security of home responsible for this or is this the comatose from the gigantic amounts of carbs and refined sugars I have been gorging on?
It is easy to wind back into old ways of communicating and old ways of thinking that are not necessarily beneficial to forward development. I was super mindful of all communications and relations by the time I left Sydney and I was experiencing far greater interactions on a daily basis. I am still trying to keep my brain in the present and making the most of interactions (especially with old friends) but to some extent – it kind of feels like I have been transported back in time into my teens. Maybe I just need to be extra mindful to conquer old traits and ways of being that are only present with family members who have known my strengths and weaknesses for my entire life?
Conclusions from the comfort zone.
It’s alright to have a bit of downtime every once in a while. You can put yourself in any environment and so long as you maintain balance – being mindful of what you do, say, think, feel – then you will stay happy just existing. For the next month I am keeping it simple. I’m not chasing the end goal in the big city and I am not working day and night for the big pay off. I’m on retreat. Recharging and taking in my surroundings for what they are, simplicities of my true home.
I plan to be back in Norfolk for 1 month. After that I will return to Australia to work for the rest of the year until my visa runs out. At New Years I’ll take a proper break exploring Indonesia for a few months and from there perhaps a further working holiday visa year in New Zealand.
The world is my oyster and enjoying the present moment is far more enriching than planning for the destination. So for now – I am gonna enjoy my downtime in my home town and have some mini adventures that are simplistic and subtle.
British Summertime cure my bones.