The Benefits of Going On Holiday + Sunday Reflections Link Up
April 8, 2018
Greetings from the sand pit! As you probably know, I’m currently in Abu Dhabi enjoying some much-needed down time and sunshine. Of course, a blogger’s work is never done, even on holiday! Luckily we have WiFi, albeit a bit patchy. I will catch up with replying to comments and doing link ups when I get home.
It feels like a long time since I last had a holiday in the sun, and after the hideous weather we’ve had over Winter and early Spring I really needed it. But it’s not just the basking in the sun that’s lifted my spirits (although that helps enormously). Getting out of my routine is what I need every so often. It’s only when I go on holiday that I realise just how set in my ways I’ve become. Being out of my usual surroundings blows away the cobwebs and helps me to re-evaluate life. The benefits of going on holiday can be felt long after the tan has faded.
I had no idea where these strange bruises were coming from, but I was becoming concerned.
I had a very busy time at work in the run up to coming away, as well as a little health scare, which is still a bit of a mystery. The day before we went to a family wedding, I noticed a tiny bruise on my forehead which had appeared while I was running. The following day, as I was getting ready for the wedding I noticed another bruise on my face and my whole cheek felt incredibly tender. It became more noticeable as the day progressed, followed by more over the next couple of days. I had no idea where these strange bruises were coming from, but I was becoming concerned.
By midweek I had bruising around my eye too, so I went to see the doctor. I had a blood test which showed a low platelet count. My folate and B12 levels were fine (sometimes a vegan diet can result in a deficiency) so my doctor was rather perplexed. It could be due to a virus (I did have a cold) or an autoimmune problem. I have to repeat the test when I get back and take it from there. Otherwise I feel fine, and after sleeping lots for the first few days of the holiday I now feel revived and much more energised. I’m defintely feeling the benefits of getting away to relax and try new things.
Using the gym here at the hotel has made me realise how much I miss it. Exercising at home just isn’t the same – it’s certainly harder to stay motivated – so I’m joining one when I get back. When we relocated almost five years ago I had to give up my membership at Virgin Active and got a treadmill instead. As much as I love running (both treadmill and outdoors) I really want to have the variety a gym offers. We spent an hour and a half kayaking through the mangroves on Thursday, which was a great upper body workout – my arms are feeling it now!
Something else I rarely do at home but always do on holiday is read. I’ve been trying to get through Antonia Fraser’s The Weaker Vessel for what feels like years! It’s a really interesting account of “woman’s lot in seventeenth-century England”. I’ve read lots in the last few days and I’m determined to finish it within the next couple of weeks. I’ll set aside regular reading time instead of aimlessly surfing the internet and buying things I don’t need. Despite my love of devices I refuse to have a Kindle. When it comes to reading I’m old school and always will be! I love the smell of new books – I flick through the pages just to breath in the smell…do you ever do that or am I just weird?
Trying new food
I think I have a fairly healthy diet at home, but because there’s so much fruit, salad and vegetable dishes on offer here I’m eating better than usual. The usual dairy-alternatives aren’t available so I’m not scoffing vegan chocolate or necking loads of tea and coffee. I think I’m addicted to Baba Ganoush…it’s so delicious! I’ve got to find a Middle Eastern supermarket when I get home. Also, I hadn’t realised how many different type of dates there are – buying a packet from Lidl just won’t cut it any more. I’ve been spoilt!
Relaxing by the pool has allowed me to think – undistracted by a million other things – about what I want to achieve in the near to medium future. I have some plans for the blog, including a little redesign and refresh. Also, I’ve decided to start a savings account just for travelling. Rather than fritter my money away on clothes and accessories I want to spend it on doing things – exciting, mind-expanding experiences – and make happy memories instead of over-stuffed wardrobes (which I already have!). Oh, and I’m ditching the iPhone and going back to Android. There’s only so much nagging about running out of memory I can take!