Just like the smartphones on which most of us rely in our day-to-day lives, if our batteries run low, we don’t perform as well. I know this to be true in my own life. Although my work is deeply fulfilling and often energising, it is also very busy and demanding. I know that my batteries start to run low if I go too long without taking time out to restore depleted energy reserves.

And this is just what I did last weekend when I flew out to Spain to join the annual VIVA event. VIVA brings people together from all over the world to celebrate and explore the expansion of The Three Principles – which sits at the heart of our Beyond Recovery programmes. It’s all about ‘connection, joyful expression, fun and presence’,  and it’s the perfect place to take a restorative break from the craziness of life.

Having spent the last few weeks rushing around the country, putting heart and soul into my work and personal relationships, I felt entirely ready for some time and space in which I could rest, reflect, and restore my energy levels.

The 3-day VIVA event takes place in the beautiful town of Albir on the Costa Blanca. It is a mixture of inspiring presentations, break-out sessions and group discussions. These are interspersed with long breaks to allow people to make deep connections with one another or to take time out for themselves.

For me, an early morning walk on Albir’s stunning beach each morning, to watch the sun come up and feel the sand between my toes, was a wonderfully restorative activity. Equally, having the chance to reconnect with old friends, make new ones and rest in love, connection, warmth and joy at VIVA was truly nourishing for my soul.

Of course, we don’t have to travel abroad to get a new perspective. It is possible to fall back into the deep space within us at any moment, in any situation. Just taking a deep breath and falling out of our thinking can remind us that we are always connected, always able to reset, always OK exactly where we are.

It can sometimes feel hard to carve time out to recharge. But it’s important to remember that by taking a break, you can draw breath, be open to new ideas and perspectives, and restore depleted energy reserves. You’ll feel better and be able to work better as a result. And yes, this can be achieved in just a weekend, or even in just a new thought!