It really does go with out saying that sometimes life just takes over and it is pretty easy to quickly feel overwhelmed by everything. Recently I have been working away a lot and this is just one reason that I am putting more and more effort into reclaiming my time off…
You see it’s easy to fall down the social media rabbit hole (in fact I just did) when you’re not working and as much as I would love to while away my days just chatting to you guys on social media, it would probably send me into a full on melt down when I finally got around to thinking about all of the other things that I could or should be doing instead.
Whilst I’m not all about that ‘switched off Sunday’ kinda life, I am about living in the moment a little more and spending periods of time away from my phone and switched off.
Switching off stops my brain from going into overload mode and it’s a big part of reclaiming my time off!
I don’t know about you but I always feel quite refreshed after a productive day off – I hate to feel as though I have wasted time off and let life pass me by, when I do it makes me feel less motivated to get on top of things and lethargic.
Social media can (and does) have an overwhelming effect on our wellbeing – sometimes we follow the wrong kind of people, the kind who make us feel bad about ourselves, sometimes we fall victim to abuse and bullying and sometimes we are exposed to sights that we try to avoid IRL.
But it’s all to easy to become consume in this virtual world, to feel as though we are missing out on living our best life because our feeds are not curated, because we’re not holidaying in the Indian Ocean or lucky enough to see a pretty pink sky every evening.
Not all of what you see online is exactly what it appears to be, the reality is often quite different.
Which is why I’ve invested time in new hobbies; I’ve bought myself an Apple Pen so that I can spend my evenings doodling rather than scrolling, I’ve looked into new training opportunities and signed up for an online course … I’ve reclaimed my ‘me time’ by embracing all of the things I love the most and by trying to develop myself into the best version of me that I can be.
Spending time switched off is allowing me to become the person I want to be, not the person I feel I should be.
Reclaiming my ‘me time’ helps me to sleep better; I don’t know about you but if I scroll late at night my brain cannot let go of the information it has just seen. It tries to process it all night as I toss and turn, whereas an episode of Blue Planet and a little doodle helps get my brain into a restful state, allows me to relax and settle down for a good nights sleep.
Which makes me a happier, more productive person.
I love spending time offline as much as I enjoy spending time online. I often say that I am never happier than when I’m sat at the laptop, scribing my thoughts & feelings into a blog post, but I am equally as happy (if not more so) when I’m enjoying the great outdoors and spending time with Mr D, when I’m cooking up a storm in the kitchen or when I’m getting those endorphins flowing in the gym.
Reclaiming your ‘me time’ doesn’t mean turning off your phone and all of your connections to the outside world, it just means muting them for a little while and allowing your brain to occupy itself for a change.
Do you make an effort to ‘switch off’? What are your favourite ways to get offline?
Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x
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