There are times when we all want to get away, just go and be somewhere else for a while. This can be absolutely the best thing for us to do, as long as we are not abandoning things or people who need our immediate attention. It isn’t necessary to put a whole lot of effort into planning time away, or even necessary to spend a whole lot of time away. A complete break with daily, familiar surroundings is the goal. The guiding point is to be relaxed or stimulated by essentially different sights and sounds, feelings and emotions than you experience upon a daily basis. It is to totally lose your routine, to create new communication dynamics with unfamiliar people, and to put different expectations on your body and mind. These fresh experiences can jar you into seeing your day-to-day life from a new perspective and to change or refine how you live that seemingly mundane life. Even a daily walk, looking for new things along the way (new things are always there), can serve the purpose though somewhere new and different heightens the contrast and will define those contrasts more finely. Once you’ve persuaded yourself to make the effort it is important to go with no expectations, to leave yourself fully open to the new experiences and people. You may find you’re looking at these new things with a sense of wonder and talking with people you would never dream of speaking with back home. This may enable you to open yourself to new experiences at home, too, and that can never be a bad thing. Even if you find you haven’t enjoyed some experiences you will have had a chance to explore and appreciate what you deemed dull and stultifying in your ‘normal’ life only recently. Could getting away for an hour or a week enhance your experience of life at home?