I’ve always been told to travel as much as I can and as far as I can.
”You grow as a person” they said.
However, what I wasn’t told was how we live in totally different worlds in the same world and sometimes the grass is greener on the other side – but greener doesn’t mean better.
Being in the recruitment routine means me taking time off to travel seemed very unlikely.
When an opportunity came up I decided to go as far as I could - to the amazon jungle, not realising that within a few weeks my bathroom would be the river and my toilet, the grass!
Now, as a recruiter, I get through rough days, sometimes weeks. It is fast paced and being in an environment like London adds to the pressure.
In the jungle however there is no such thing as fast, you are in a timeless zone, and if we had a meeting at 9 am this could actually mean sundown the next day. There is no rush hour and no grumpy passengers in a sardine packed train. The only worry we had was being bitten by deadly mozzies and the occasional paw mark I saw whilst on the grass toilet.
Being used to a hectic lifestyle, I must admit, the jungle freaked me out a little - it wasn’t the leopard paw marks, it was that everyone was so relaxed, and I could sleep in all day.
This is pretty much unheard of in the world of recruiters.
Coming back to London with barely a scratch, I found myself in a different struggle this time. It was the familiar chaos of London I had grown up in. It was overwhelming, the roads were busy and loud. People bumping into you in the streets, and that annoying lady shouting for people to move down the train when people are already over packed on top of each other on the tube.
However I somehow managed to stay stress free and stand peaceful in mind at all times.
There are of course a few techniques I gathered from the jungle.
Meditating is so simple yet such a huge transformation for a lot of people and it actually helps people de-stress, focus and relax. It has many other benefits. You only need to take 15 minutes at least a day. This should be no problem even if you have a hectic lifestyle, everyone has a spare 15 minutes. Either get up 15 minutes early or leave 15 minutes before bedtime to focus and relax in meditation with good healing meditation music (or quiet if you prefer)
Listen to calming music
I found that when travelling, listening to calming music not only made me happier but it also calmed me and got me into a focused state and thus the painful commute that turns us into monsters becomes less painful.
Eat good food
As Londoners, we seem to have food on the go, however this usually means having an unhealthy take out lunch or something that is not going to provide us with any vitamins. Good food not only helps the body but helps the mind. This I found helped me feel good. Even if you prepare food the night before or you get a healthy lunch a few times a week, it adds to the improvement in your health - and this will help the mind be in a more peaceful state when you feel good about your body.
The most important thing
Not to sound clichéd, but the most important thing I learnt was that we need to appreciate the small things we have, like clean water and a toilet that is actually located inside the house.
Having all this and appreciating it means letting go of the small stresses of life.
Thank you for reading, I hope my story has helped you – even if you don’t make it to the Amazon jungle this year!