5 Ways To Switch Off 

5 Ways To Switch Off 

We are always on, whatever you do for work you can bring it home now with emails on our phones and laptops at arms length. Switching off is definitely something I find hard working for myself but I know my friends also do. We put such huge demands on ourselves and also were addicted to our phones.

I think its super important to switch off from work and technology, it helps boost your energy and reconnects you with yourself.

Here are some tips to switch off:

Social media free Sundays

It might be hard to do a whole weekend so let’s start with Sunday. Take Sunday off to press pause on social media. So don’t worry about posting your Sunday roast or your Sunday stretch sesh, you can post it tomorrow. If you will struggle to stop that morning scroll then delete the app and just reinstall it Monday, nothing would have changed and you can have a catch up then. Taking one day off social media will probably give you an extra few hours in the day to do something for you, give it a go.

9pm stop looking at screens

Every night try and switch off your phone at 9pm and leave it out of your room, it will help you wind down and give you time to spend some time away from a screen which allows your body to produce your sleepy hormones to drop you into a sweet slumber.

Organise phone free events

Rather than planning a brunch with the girls why not go rock climbing or do a pottery class, something that will get you using your hands and make sure present in the moment. This is really meditative as it gets you out of head and into the present moment

Keep your phone on silent

If you get loads of alerts and you look at them as they come in try and pop your phone on silent in your bag them pick it up every hour. Of course, if you might have an emergency then keep it on loud but if you can get away with it not sitting there on the table in front of you then give it a go.

Practice not doing anything

When I hop on the tube everyone is looking down, we play games, email, check social media we do anything to distract ourselves. We never just enjoy the moment but it doesn’t allow us to switch off. Getting the tube home is the beginning of the wind down off the day, it should be a time just to chill and do nothing, it’s pretty hard but give it a go.

All these tips take time. We have built up 10+ years of looking at our phones all the time and they have become more useful and we have more attachment to them as time has gone on. However we now have to consciously switch off to help reduce stress and anxiety. Maybe try at least one of these tips and see how much calmer you feel.

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