I have been having difficulties dealing with family trauma recently and my mind was full of obsessive thoughts. I found it very difficult to escape them.
For a few days I tried to process them, keeping my distance from the trauma and speaking to friends.
One of my ‘self care’ ideas was to do something I enjoy, which would be interesting and relaxing and nothing too taxing. So on Bank Holiday Monday I went to Hampton Court, a place I haven’t been for years.It also brought out fond memories of good times, rather than times I am going through now.
I did a bit of photography and walking. I also took notice of the flowers, in particular the wisteria and tulips. Inside I enjoyed the paintings and stories of the people who lived there.
The landscape was gorgeous. I sat in the ground having a picnic and fed the birds. It wasn’t very crowded despite it being Easter which made it less stressy. The rooms were nicely done and some even had some relaxing music in the rooms which was very helpful. The staff were great too and helpful. Being near the water fountains was also great for the mind.
I came out feeling a lot better than before and I highly recommend a change of scene, a bit of mindfulness when you are going through a hard time, and visit Hampton Court.
You can get a 2 for 1 offer if you go by trains and you pick up a leaflet at the train station. (I didn’t get a free tip with this article)