How to Switch Off

This is more a post for myself to take note of more than anything!

The days, hours, minutes are flying by at the moment. There are days where I simply don't stop working from the moment I wake up, to the very late hour that I go to sleep. When I meet up with friends they always exclaim how busy I've been and it's true, things are racing by and I'm just about keeping afloat - though I have my days where all I want to do is hide from the world/emails! 

Below, I've listed ways that I manage to switch off and keep sane. It's not by any means revolutionary, but things that you might need reminding of every now and again.  

1. Step away from social media - whilst I love it, I also hate it. Taken too seriously, it can be a negative space where you can instantly feel not good enough about pretty much anything you have an insecurity about. I've learnt to take social media with a pinch of salt - refusing to stick to a 'theme' on instagram and posting what I like, when I like! I've been fortunate to make so many friends on instagram, but I've taken these friendships offline - and actually made time to catch up over coffee, brunch or even just a stroll round London. Every now and again, you need to just step away for a few hours and get on with your own life.

2. Read a book - it's food for the brain. It seems like we're heading into a world where everything is online and created for those of short-attention span, so go against the mould and get lost in a good book. There is nothing I love more than finding a book that really grips you, immerses you into its world and once it's over, you're itching to tell everyone about about. Don't buy a kindle, a good old fashioned paperback is what it's all about. I'm about to start A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - I've heard it's very topical right now!

3. Make your to-do list before you go to sleep - I write a to-do list at the end of every day to make sure that whatever is lingering in my mind before I go to sleep, is placed on paper so it can leave my thoughts. I always find I sleep best with a clear mind - there's nothing worse than being up late worrying about all the things you're going to have to do the next day. Write it out, sleep well, boss the next day. Done.

4. Drink herbal tea - I'm a total peppermint tea addict! Not only is it great for digestion but I swear it has calming powers. If you handle your caffeine like me (i.e. horrendously) then don't have caffeine after midday - it will leave you wired and jittery for hours! If you need caffeine, go green with your tea. I've been upping my tea allowance recently thanks to a nice little reminder from Photobox, who I've partnered with on their latest launch - their customisable vintage enamel mug - which allows you to create your very own personalised mug, featuring a photo of your choice special to you. A great gift and personalisation really is key - and if you feel like picking up some for yourself, you can use the code CLAIRE341 to get three mugs for the price of one.

5. Book yourself a break - because everyone needs some time away! Whether it's just a road-trip somewhere in the UK (I have a few suggestions here & here) or further afield, you can get some cheap flights these days - and, if you can be flexible when you go, you can really find some bargains. Norwegian Air is a favourite of mine for low-cost getting away. 

And that's that. Time to practice what I preach - cheerio for now!