Switching Off Over Christmas

Jeans – PrettyLittleThing | Jacket – Primark | T-Shirt – Boohoo | Boots – Primark | Sunglasses – Primark

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?

27 Comments

  • Reply Laura | Elle Blonde Luxury Lifestyle Blog December 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

    This made me feel so at ease, I’m getting overwhelmed thinking about how much I have to do this weekend so that I can have a Christmas where I don’t need to think about taking photos, writing posts.

    In all honesty I’m exhausted by it and I don’t think people understand how much pressure goes into blogging. It’s 24/7 so I don’t even know how you cope with a full time job too.

    Bottoms up Prin let’s just go awol over Christmas!!! Xxx

    • Reply Alice December 15, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Haha I feel ya sister! We’re busy bee’s, especially you! Tell me about it haha, I survive! I can’t wait xxx

  • Reply Lady Writes December 15, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I too find it really difficult to switch off, so I’m hoping to have a good relax over Christmas! x

    • Reply Alice December 15, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Enjoy! x

  • Reply Gemma December 15, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I wish I could switch off but it’s so hard at this time of year, I’ve got brands emailing me at all hours for content and I don’t want to turn down the money! I definitely think I need to learn to schedule content in advance so I can have more of a break haha!

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      I feel the same!

  • Reply Kelly-Anne December 15, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I’m sure many of us will be taking a much deserved break away from it all. Enjoy!

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      You too babe x

  • Reply Rosie December 16, 2017 at 11:48 am

    First of all, outfit on point as always! And secondly, I find it so so hard to switch off over Christmas. I am going to try so hard this year!

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks babe! Good luck xx

  • Reply Caroline December 16, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I find it hard to switch off & I’m always either on my phone or laptop. It is even harder for us bloggers & I hate scheduling too. Spending time with loved ones is definitely more important than social media though, especially at Christmas. Love your jacket btw! xx

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      I agree, thanks for reading hun! xx

  • Reply Yasmina December 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I find it so hard to switch off from the internet and social media but I’m determined to spend less time on my phone next year. I love your outfit and your boots 🙂 xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Me too! Thanks Yasmina xx

  • Reply Sarah December 18, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I find it so hard to switch off these days, if its not working(blogging) its parenting and looking after my three children, or its housework etc… i need some serious me time!

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      I feel ya sister!

  • Reply Prettiful Blog December 18, 2017 at 11:52 am

    It’s so important to switch off and just live in the now, I really need to work on it more!

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      You’re right me too!

  • Reply Emily December 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Switching off is so difficult when you’re really busy isn’t it? I really need to learn to do this, otherwise I just get so stressed out, not good!

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      I feel ya sister!

  • Reply Caitylis December 20, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I really need to give myself a social media break over Christmas time. But I always feel like I’m missing out on something that’s going on over the internet whilst I’m gone! Then I’m afraid my lack of posts/tweets/instas will effect my stats and followers…! It’s a vicious cycle of not needed stress!
    Much love, Caitylis x x

    • Reply Alice December 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

      I agree, I feel like that too! x

  • Reply Chloe December 21, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Switching off is so important, I’ll be doing the same and putting my phone down much more over Christmas!

    Loving your outfit here! xo

    • Reply Alice December 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Chloe! xx

  • Reply Meera December 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

    In the past I’ve struggled with switching off, but recently I’ve been doing it a lot more often and it’s become a lot easier. I’ve noticed that it helps me relax and actually improves my mood too!

    LoneTeenTraveller | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

    • Reply Alice December 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      I agree!

  • Reply Poppy Mayy December 21, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Switching off has become such a big problem for modern society. Like you said, having social media at the touch of our finger tips and being a content creator means that we’re always searching for things to post or to marvel at online. I strongly believe in taking breaks and switching particularly when it starts to interfere with your mental health. I really hope you have a lovely long switch off session over Christmas Alice, you deserve it!

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