In 1994 a country girl who’d been teaching in London had an epiphany in a bookshop in Muswell Hill. City living was not for her. That girl was me. Later the same year I moved with my East End husband to a Wiltshire village. Three children followed in quick succession and this blog began as a way of documenting our family’s adventures.
Low cost, feel good activities were vital to our well-being. We were free to enjoy the great outdoors, the garden and the kitchen in a leisurely and comforting way – what the Danish call the art of hygge. We were money-poor but time-rich. In time the children grew and I returned to the classroom to teach. That’s when I became time poor.
The benefits of getting a good work/life balance have never been more in the spotlight. Getting outside, reconnecting with nature and each other and slowing down are well documented even before the Coronavirus pandemic. Young people – all people – today have to navigate a complex and ever-changing world, facing challenges and pressures in numerous aspects of their life. 90% of schools have reported an increase in the number of students experiencing anxiety or stress over the last five years. And in 2020 the situation was brought into sharp focus. I’m imagine it’s no different in other workplaces.
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