Towards the end of last week I had one of those moments where it all got ‘a bit much’ – you know those times where you feel like your brain has a million tabs open and you’re just not even sure with how to start tackling whats ahead, well yeah that happened to me. I was in London on some press appointments when I started to feel really sick, I think I’d sub-conciously been stressing out over everything and just made myself feel really run down.
I cancelled my plans for that evening and jumped on the train home, ran a hot bubble bath and was in bed by 8.30pm with a mug of green tea and a book – which is so rare for me to be in bed that early. Relaxing doesn’t come easily to me, as my jobs feels like it can be 24/7 work I rarely lay in bed and just switch off, I’m alway taking notes or looking for inspiration, posting something on social etc.
Over the weekend I decided that I was going to actually have a ‘weekend’ – I didn’t open my laptop once and my phone actually stopped working as I dropped it (oops!) but I think it was a blessing in disguise. Usually over the weekend I’ll just be finishing a blog post or replying to social media but I decided to have a tech free weekend and it felt so good. Saturday was so dreamy, I slept in until half 10 (hell yeah I did!), got up washed my hair and took my time doing my makeup, read my book over brunch (too late for breakfast!) then headed into town to do some shopping before spending the evening gossiping over wine with my best girlfriends.
It was one of those days where you really appreciate having some time to yourself and not worrying about deadlines and quality of work or if you’ve posted enough. I’ve had a think at some of my favourite things to do when I’m not online and thought I’d share them with you…
1.) Read an actual book: I’ve recently started reading #GIRLBOSS and guysssssss I’m so hooked – it’s amazing! It feels so nice to pick up an actual book and step away from reading on your kindle, phone or tablet – you’ll be surprised at how good it feels to get immersed into some pages!
2.) Treat yourself: Sometimes we all need to treat ourselves, if it’s all work no play then life suddenly becomes not so fun anymore. Sometimes I find myself so wrapped up in work that before I know it it’s October (I mean how did that happen?!) and trying to save every penny I earn that I forget to spend a little on making memories or treating myself. Whether it’s a bag you’ve had your eye on for a while or a new box set, just a little something to remind you to carry on being awesome!
3.) Catch up on your favourite TV series: On Sunday (albeit slightly hungover) I curled up on the sofa with my best friend and her family and we started watching The Walking Dead, and oh my we are all hooked! We must of sat there and watched about 7 episodes flat out – whilst eating a roast dinner and snacking on Ben & Jerry’s, naturally – it was the perfect Sunday!
4.) Do something alone: I’m currently sitting in my hotel room in Manchester writing this post – I’m here for the night alone and it’s the first time I’ve ever been to the city and I’m already in love! I love doing stuff alone, whether it’s heading to the shops for a few hours, going for a meal or checking out that new film you’ve had your eye on at the cinema but everyone is too busy to go with you. Do something alone and you’ll feel liberated for it!
5.) Have a conversation with someone you love: Although I love that my job is online, sometimes it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the digital world that we loose site of the real one we live in. Make time to call your nan or take your parents out for lunch – I make a conscious effort to spend time with loved ones and setting aside time for people IRL.
6.) Buy an adult colouring book: This may sound like an odd one if you’ve never heard of them but the other day I picked up an adult colouring book (and by adult I mean a non-child colouring book not porn, okay!) from WH Smith along with some colouring pencils and have just found it’s a really nice way to wind down of an evening with a cup of tea and burning some of my favourite candles!
7.) Look after number 1: This is probably the most important tip of all – always look after yourself, something I failed to do last week. Make sure you’re eating well, getting enough sleep and setting aside some time to make yourself feel good, whether it’s hitting the gym to relieve some stress or spending the evening pampering yourself, remember to look after number 1, as it’s the only one you have after all!
What do you find helps with internet down time? Anything I need to note?