A few years back, I volunteered to help the disadvantaged in Nepal for three months and while living there, I learned the importance of remaining down to earth, appreciating food more and creating calm for oneself. It felt like the most peaceful I had ever felt in my life. Coming back here… to Europe, has plunged me back into a hectic lifestyle and I must admit it is not always easy applying this ‘calm’ mind set. Sometimes I’m constantly on the move, in between meetings, personal things to do, I get tired and I can get overwhelmed. I still get stressed many times.

It’s not like I’m some kind of Buddha.

(Sarah is an accredited parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament)