I find it really difficult to switch off. I’ve come to that conclusion after a recent episode of stress. I just let it consume me. For the loyal readers of Zest Of Alice, you’ll know what episode I mean, for any newbies, give this post a read first. Not being able to turn off my brain can sometimes really affect me, I need to learn how to cap these feelings before it results in a longer-term problem.
When I say switch off, I mean clear my mind and focus on myself. I lead a very busy lifestyle, if I’m not thinking about work, I’m thinking about blogging and then I’m thinking about the weekend, plans, organising plans and the list goes on. Sometimes I really do just wish there were more hours in a day for ‘me’ time.
When I was having my creative storm around this post, I was thinking to myself, what do I actually do to try and switch off? When and at what point am I most relaxed and turned off? I feel very relaxed after a glass of wine on a Friday evening, I feel relaxed after an hour in the gym, and I also feel relaxed in the bath. Do these things actually work for me?
When the weekends come around, sometimes I don’t feel like I truly take advantage of my time off, I don’t utilise it enough. By that, I mean I’m consumed by my phone and social media. I can openly admit I have a mild, ok maybe, large obsession with social media. I feel an enormous pressure as a blogger to keep producing content for my readers and followers on the likes of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter even on my days off when I’m busy with loved ones, my partner, family because if I didn’t I don’t feel like I’d not be ‘on top of my game’. With the recent changes in the Instagram algorithm I’m so worried that if I miss a day and don’t post than my engagement with plummet and that’s what fuels this vicious circle of not being able to turn off, I’m constantly thinking ahead.
I know some of you reading this may ask me why I don’t just use scheduling applications, and my answer to that is because I hate scheduling. Social media was created to communicate messages instantly, not for the tomorrow, or the day after, for today.
Over the Christmas period, I’m determined to have a break, to stop running around like a blue arse fly and to relax. I’ve learnt a lot this year, one lesson is that I need to stop rushing around. I learnt the hard way, I received a speeding ticket. I used to be constantly late to everything because I’d try and cram as much as I can into every second of the day and that just didn’t work. I’ve really made an effort to be realistic with my timings because let’s face it, it’s SO rude to be late.
I’ve decided that I’ll be putting the phone down over the Christmas break, I’ll be scaling back my social media usage and concentrating on spending quality time with my family. If I don’t post on Instagram or Twitter… so what. Time is so precious, I’m sure when I’m older I’ll regret investing so much time in social media and not with my actual loved ones.
I’ve also decided, learning to switch off will be one of my new year’s resolutions. Along with sleeping more, because sleep is always good for the soul and to talk about how I’m feeling up there in my head. The episode of stress has taught me to voice my problems and shift my emotional state.
How do you switch off?