Still days are few and far between in Cornwall in the Winter. The wind always seems to be blowing a gale, and it makes going on adventures slightly more off putting. But this weekend, the air was still. There are still so many places that I've yet to explore in Cornwall, but I can finally say that I've had a good walk around Kennack Sands.
Whilst co-ordinating with our friends, we settled on Kennack, mainly because it means that their dogs can run and play on the beach without fear of accidentally falling off any cliff paths... definitely less than ideal. It's quite far from Falmouth, about an hours drive, but once you're there, it's totally worth it. There is something so wild and rugged about The Lizard Peninsula, you really do feel like you've stepped back in time and are in an adventure story. Funny enough, I learned that the rumour is that the famous novel "Treasure Island" is based on this area of Cornwall.
I don't know what's been going on with me lately, but I've been feeling more and more of a need to "disconnect." It dawned on me a week or so ago, that for the last 12-13 years of my life, I've been sat in front of a computer for several hours of the day, if not all of it. Now, don't get my wrong, I adore the internet, my business relies on it, and I've made some of my best friends through it. But part of me feels like I'm missing out on real life sometimes. Going on walks like the one we went on to Kennack make me feel so alive, so happy, so free. This probably sounds so corny and all my friends will roll their eyes... but it's true!
Funny enough, I don't find it that difficult to log off. I often hear about people panicking if they realise that they're going to be on holiday and there will be no wifi access. I'll admit that from a work point of view, it stresses me out a tiny bit, but really, I love it. Zoning out from the internet means I zone out from work, and the stress that I have to always be producing, working harder, making things happen. I just make sure that before I head off, social media is ready to go, out-of-office replies have been set up, and everyone in my team knows that I'm going to be AWOL for a few days. And honestly? By the time I'm home, I'm feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to go again.
I've also been trying hard since the start of the year to turn off my computer and relax past 7pm at night. I began to notice on days when I worked later, or carried on having conversations about work, that I didn't sleep as well. I'm someone who's always been able to sleep pretty easily, so when I find it harder to fall asleep, it really stresses me out. However, on nights where I've allowed my mind to relax for a couple of hours before going to bed, I really don't have that problem. It's amazing how much of a difference it makes.
Anyway, that's enough of a ramble for one day. I'd love to hear your thoughts on living a little bit slower. Do you make an effort to disconnect from your online world? Let me know.