A digital detox is long overdue. Being a blogger, I seem to constantly be in front of a screen and I need to remind myself to step away every now and again. December is a busy month anyway, but throw Blogmas into the mix and I’m a bit overwhelmed. From losing a memory card full of content, to nasty people thinking they’re funny by buying me Twitter followers (seriously), life has been a bit stressful. So here are a few tips on how I switch off and relax.
The first thing I like to do is get in my pjs. If you’ve got Christmas ones then even better – it is December after all. I tend to have a bath first as this always helps me to unwind. A lot of the time I use my bath time to check social media or watch YouTube, but this is a digital detox, so thats not an option. Once you’re in your pjs, then cosy fluffy slippers are a must. December is the month for being cosy and I have a stack of fluffy Christmas socks and slippers.
Next, you’re going to want some candles. I have candles lit most days, but in December you get to bring out the Christmas candles. I love these from Lily Flame and got very excited when we saw them for sale at a local outlet store last week. We even bought the matching room spray too. Candles always help me to relax – they just add to that sense of calm that I need after a week of emails, blog posts and social media.
The whole vibe of my digital detox is to relax, unwind and be cosy away from technology, so a hot drink is always a good idea. Usually my Santa mug would be full of hot chocolate and whipped cream, but I’ve finally discovered the joys of a good cup of tea. There’s nothing nicer than curling up on the sofa with a brew and the fire on. You can tell I’m not a summer sort of girl!
Then I settle down with a good book. I tend to go to places like The Works where you can pick up 3 paperbacks for a fiver. I love reading but very rarely allow myself to sit down with a book for more than 10 minutes, so I relish the time. To immerse yourself in a novel without caring about what’s happening on Twitter or checking your emails is extremely relaxing and good for the soul. I also use this time of being sat still to whack on some body butter or cream and let it soak in whilst I relax.
These days I don’t get the chance to have a digital detox often, but I’d highly recommend it. I think we can too easily become too involved and caught up in the online world. It can all get a bit too much at times. I don’t want to be stressed out in the run up to Christmas. Therefore I will be trying to clear a couple of evenings a week to switch off and relax.
What do you like to do to escape the hassles of the internet?