The City is great. I’ve owned a gym here for almost 10 years. It can be invigorating being around so many people, seeing all the new buildings fly up, checking out all the new bars and restaurants.
But there’s a flip-side. Being around so many people can be mentally and physically draining. An office full of stressed people can take its toll on your mental health. Sometimes you need to get away.
The idea of having a nice weekend out of the city is hardly something new – the Victorians loved to take trips to the country. But in our ever-connected age, I think it’s more important than ever to escape the traffic and noise from time to time.
I was in San Francisco recently and I decided to take a solo camping trip to Yosemite National Park. It amazed me the realisations I came to when I was out in nature by myself. Being alone in a sleeping bag in the middle of a forest really strips life back to the bare essentials. When the sun goes down, it’s time for bed, when it comes up, it’s time to get up again. I immediately felt energised, falling into a natural circadian rhythm, a far cry from the late nights and bleary mornings of my life back home.