It has been a while since I’ve taken my Samsung NX500 camera out for a spin to take some pictures, so I decided to carry it with me this weekend. I decided to share a few photographs with you, and some thoughts on how important relaxation and downtime can be.
The first set of photos was taken in and around Hyde Park. Having grown up in the countryside for most of my life, I like to be with nature a lot. It really grounds me and helps me de-stress. Spending too long in central London, without visiting a park or the river, creates a sense of anxiety in me. To help relieve these feelings, I like to take long walks by myself to be with my thoughts and create a sense of calm within me.
We spend a large amount of our lives (especially as adults) behind desks, or on our feet, focused on work and supporting ourselves and our families. Often we lose sight of what is really important. I lost sight of my need for freedom and relaxation these last few months, which created feelings within my that I am not fond of. Whilst going to the gym helps me de-stress, taking a long walk helps me re-organise my thoughts, which is equally important.
I spent Saturday morning in Hyde Park to help me relax, be with nature, and get a breath of fresh air:
The shot below is not one that was taken in Hyde Park. I saw this wall a long time ago at the Sheraton Grand in Mayfair, and always wanted to take a picture of it. I love the idea of having different plants growing up and down the entire length of an outside wall:
After my long walk on Saturday, I decided to spend Sunday in a slightly more relaxed setting; brunch and a small shopping spree with my best friend.
We had brunch at Le Pain Quotidien at Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush, where I decided to order a matcha latte (I recommend the one from Le Pain Quotidien – they don’t use syrup!), and The Butcher’s brunch. After our shopping spree, we decided to have coffee at Caffè Concerto as well. Spending the day with my friend was great. I feel like we can talk about anything and neither one of us will judge the other. Sometimes, having a friend to talk to is the best medicine for getting over anxiety.
In between brunch and coffee, we spent some time shopping for trainers for my friend, and a new gym outfit for me (OK so the gym outfit was slightly unplanned – oops!):
When I got home, I saw these cute little flower pots outside, which must have been planted by one of my neighbours. I love the little splashes of colour, and seriously cannot wait for spring and summer to arrive!
All-in-all, my weekend was pretty relaxing and I feel far more grounded and happy than I have for a little while. Sometimes a little time with our thoughts can do wonders to regain our sanity and create focus for what is important and what lies ahead.
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