Last week’s snow meant a bit of forced time off for a lot of people. It also opened up the opportunity for some impromptu fun for many. An evening of snow sliding (snow boarding) at the Ski Club of Ireland reminded me of the importance of finding fun in everyday situations.
I first thought of this philosophy a few years ago while working with a technology startup. I often worked crazy long hours and I found it difficult to take time off because work would typically just pile up in my absence because there wasn’t much of a system in place to take up holiday slack!
One summer’s evening, I realised that it’s possible to find small adventures (mini breaks) in everyday life. Brief adventures that enable us to escape monotony and find rejuvenation. These escapes will be different for everyone but for me they typically involve exercise, coffee and photography. For other’s they may involve a myriad of different activities. There are no rules or limits but fresh air and natural light should be considered essential ingredients.
Taking this concept to another level, it’s worth endeavouring to take on at least one ‘micro holiday’. per week. For me these ‘holidays’ can vary a lot depending on the time of year and the weather conditions. My favourite summer escapes include Standup Paddle Boarding on Dublin Bay and loops of the Phoenix Park on my racer bike.
I love cycling in the winter too - although it’s important to choose the type of bike, tyres, and time of day of for any spins taken during the colder, darker months of the year. Drives in the countryside in the winter time can often reveal much nicer weather on even the most miserable days.
A change of scenery and some fresh air can be really transformational and rejuvenating. Add some caffeine and some exercise and your absolutely set up up for success. Whatever you decide to do, I can guarantee it’s worth making the time out to find these mini and micro breaks each week, your body and soul will thank you for it. So what are you waiting for - go forth and enjoy!