I went away because my brain felt all cobwebby and mapped out like an MC Escher sketch. I wanted a change of scene and Canterbury was absolutely perfect.
That's the view from my bedroom! I stayed at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge and would highly recommend it (I decided the weekend was going to be a big treat). The room was incredibly comfortable (and there was hot chocolate nestled in with the teas and coffees!) there was a library where I spent a really nice hour nestled on the leather sofa reading newspapers and I had free access to the cathedral and the grounds.
Probably best of all was the window seat that I spent a lot of time on. It has been a very long time since I've just sat and stared into space. Really just let my mind wander. I didn't do much deep thought, but staring out the window, without a tv on in the background to drown everything out, was so refreshing. Part of me felt like I was wasting my time and money- sitting in Canterbury when I could have been out and about. But I think the view is what helped me just shut off.
Plus, can you see the miserable grey sky? Sitting in the warm and thinking of nothing while looking at a bit of beautiful architecture was just what I needed! And I'm going to try to remember that feeling now that I am back in London and ocassionally just give myself permission to stare into space.
Do you meditate or have relaxation techniques? Are they common or something a bit more random that you've found works for you?