Monday, 23rd July 2018
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Time to switch off that fan!

For a number of reasons, it's been a while since I have had a proper holiday. But as I write this, I am sat in a conservatory in a beautiful house overlooking the sea in Brittany.

An old friend owns the place, which was built by his father. This summer, to our great good fortune, he invited me and my husband over for a week. To our even greater good fortune, our visit coincided with the heatwave. It's not all good news, though - as we discovered yesterday, the sea is still mighty chilly!

The first day here, I slept in 'til one o'clock. I hadn't realised how busy I have been and how tired I was. My situation was like being in a room with a loud fan. It's only when the fan is turned off that you realise how loud it was.

There was a similar amount of noise in my head, but since we arrived, that noise has gone. It feels so good to be taking a break from the usual routine, to be spending quality time with my husband, and to be reconnecting with old friends. And we are not rushing anywhere or doing much ... just enjoying the simple pleasures of beaches, friendship, walks in the beautiful countryside, and eating fresh, local produce.

As our friend said over dinner last night as we feasted on delicious seafood caught that morning, "this place is good for the soul." How right he is.

I know that I will be returning home rested, refreshed and reinvigorated. I know how lucky we are to have such a good friend and to be able to come to Brittany for a week.

But even if you are not so fortunate and cannot afford a holiday, it is so important to take a break from the usual routine. A day trip to the seaside, visiting the local attractions on your doorstep that you've never seen, or even just spending some quality time with loved ones can all have the same reinvigorating effect. You just have to realise how loud that fan is, and switch it off!

Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos rgn runs busy natural health clinics in both Waterford and Kilkenny. She also presents monthly positive living seminars in Kilkenny. A native of Galway, Breda worked as a nurse for many years before studying a range of complementary therapies, including homeopathy, iridology, muscle

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