On Switching Off

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I’m gonna be totally honest with myself here.

I spend FAR too much time infront of a screen. It is getting ridic and I’m pretty sure I have a internet addiction, lol.

A huge chunk of my life is spent online, and it is taking up a hella lot of head space. It is almost impossible to focus my attention on one thing for more than a few minutes. A lil bit worrying, no?

When I look back in 30 years time, 53 year old Immy probs ain’t gonna care about numbers on a screen and whether it has a ‘k’ next to it or not. She won’t celebrate the amount of likes or comments. She would wanna sit her younger self down and tell her to get a grip and put her bloomin’ phone away for 2 secs. And probably to focus of having a laff and eating more cake, I’d imagine.

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The interwebz isn’t a bad thing. It gives us the freedom to create and connect with people everywhere, at anytime. It is magic, but has a pesky way taking over your mind, if ya let it.

As a blogging lass, it’s an odd one. A catch 22 between wanting to grow a career and swapping my phone for a Nokia 3310. The frustration that your worth is measured in numbers, but the realisation that this is the key in moving onwards and upwards. It is crazy, isn’t it?

I wanna rewind 10 years when our family computer had 5 users, and if I was lucky I would get maybe 20 mins on Sims. No phones, which meant using only our weird little brains to entertain ourselves. We would create hour long performances (soz ma & pa), make dens in the woods and hang out with half the school year daaan the beach. Our imagination would run wild and we would be active and present, always.

I feel the need to revitalise that way of life, obv’s in a sassy twenty summin’ kinda way. I need to let my mind wander again, take a lil brain breather and reconnect with my imagination and creativity.

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This weekend we ventured down to Somerset to see the fam, the perf time for a digital detox. People throw around ‘digital detox’ a lot, but I was genuinely interested to see how I’d get on without it all.

I put time aside on Friday to schedule a few bits, then put my phone away and shut down the computer. Of course, I whipped my phone out to take some snaps / send a couple of texts over the weekend but that was about it.

Despite ALL the prosecco and cheese boards, I came away feeling refreshed. Meal times and cosy afternoons in pubs were spent catching up on life and antics with the family, strolls on the beach with Matt’s hand in mine and chinwags over breakfast all without my phone. It felt good to embrace the company of others, and just being without whippin’ my phone out every other minute.

Naaat gonna lie, it was pretty tough to resist checking notifications and snappin’ errythang, but I managed it.

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It’s not just me who feels like this… At least I hope not! If you are kinda hating on yourself for spending too much time inside your phone, here are ma pointers to get some more head space.

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GET STUCK INTO A NEW BOOK

Choose a corker of a book. If you commute to work, use that train time to get lost in the pages (without missing your stop hehe). My pal gets through a book (or more) each week on her journey, which I find amazing. Books keep your mind fresh and inspired. They also give you that little nugget of headspace before you start your day, or drift off to sleep. Or anytime, for that matter! I have a few favourites of mine that I will stick in my November Love List, so keep your eyes peeled for them.

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SCHEDULE TLC TIME

Even just one evening a week, find some time for yourself. If that’s a long shower or LUSH filled bath, gym class, spending a little longer cooking dinner, or the classic tea, bed and book combo. No Instagram scrollin’, just your own time to mull through your day at your own pace.

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BREAK THE ROUTINE

We all lead busy lives and most of us have a pretty strict routine that we like to stick to. However, making the conscious effort to be spontaneous does wonders. Take chances, opportunities and say yes. Spontaneity and breaking your routine gives you life, makes you think on your feet and always creates new adventures.

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ORGANISATION AND PREPARATION IS KEY

If you blog, or your career is based online, schedule. Plan in advance, allow yourself chunks of time to plan content, shoot, edit and line it up. It takes organisation, but it will be worth it once you have it cracked. This means that you won’t work round the clock, freeing up your time offline. This is a work in progress for me, as I work full

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LET YOURSELF GET BORED

I read a lovely post all about this on Hannah’s blog. She explains it better, but it’s about letting your mind to wander, taking a step back and making some room for inspiration and creativity. It is important to feel bored, because as Hannah says, boredom, it seems, is the gateway to brilliance. I love ya HG.

I would REALLY love your tips too. How do you let your mind take a break?

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  • Aww cute pics girl :) I agree with these pointers and I feel it’s all about balance. If you enjoy going online, don’t deprive yourself but find ways to have balance between online and offline. I think I have a good relationship with my digital life (!) I switch off from my phone in the evenings until about 8am in the morning, this habit has really helped me focus on myself rather than whats going on my social media feed! I also turn off all notifications, which I find helps.

    Hanh | Hanhabelle

    • Aaa thank you so much Hanh :) A bit of a mix match because it has been a mare to snap pics recently! Definitely, I think it is so important to be mindful of both worlds. That is so good! I am going to give that a go, and I am definitely going to switch off all my notifications – what a bladdy good idea! I definitely reckon that morning and evening should be reserved for you! Thank you for your tips :) Immy x

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Taking off time from the internet is HARD. I find though, that whilst I’m traveling, I only ever touch my phone when at night, so I guess that’s a great thing!

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

    • It really is isn’t it, especially when it is so engraved into your daily routine. That is a really good thing! I guess because you are so busy in the daytime it is probably the last thing on your mind! Immy x

  • MoreMindfulYou

    Loved this post!

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    • Thank you so much lovely lady, definitely going to try and switch off more.. As much as I love the blogging world! Immy x

  • Hayley Rubery

    Lady I love this post, i’m ALL about that ‘offline time’ – I think it’s so important, especially for bloggers as we spend so much of our time online! You look stunning as always!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • Yes! Thank you lovely lass :) It really is, I think as bloggers we really struggle with this – such a difficult one to get right! Thank you my gal, and thank you for stopping by! :) Immy x

  • I’m online all the time, it’s actually quite worrying. But you have made me think a lot, so thank you very much! Xx

    • I know, me too gal :( It’s kinda weird isn’t it?! I am online ALL THE TIME then suddenly freak out about it! Need to weave in more offline time into my daily routine. Will make all the difference :) Good, hopefully we can both make a few changes and get back on track! Immy x

  • I think this is super important to keep in mind. I hate how everything is defined by numbers, be it money or followers. I don’t detox enough and I really want to. It will come about soon enough

    http://whenhealthymettasty.com

    • I know it is so frustrating isn’t it! It kinda kills my creativity too when a number is your main drive. I know, me too. It is so hard, especially in everyday life! Sure we will manage to strike the balance soon :) Immy x

  • I was just reading a few of these comments thinking “Its ok, I’m not on my phone” then realised DUH I’m on my laptop with 6 tabs open including facebook, twitter and pinterest! :P I like to step back and do some colouring, reading or baking… but I do find myself checking my phone every so often.

    • I know looool funny isn’t it, sometimes I don’t even realise how much time screen time I have! Oooh I need to get into colouring, sounds like such a soothing activity. Baking is one of my favourite ways to chill out too, then gobble it all up with a mug of tea >:) Immy x

  • ninegrandstudent

    I LOVE reading on the Tube, I find it really relaxes me, sets me up for the day/evening and it’s just a lovely way to spend 30 minutes. Unfortunately I’ve now swapped books for study notes, which aren’t so fun or relaxing! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • It is so nice! I feel like the journey goes so much quicker as well. Oh no! :( Good you are using your time so wisely though, means you can afford to kick back and relax for a while once you get home :) Immy x

  • Somerset is the best place ever! I love going there to relax and unwind. I need to learn to take a digital detox, because sometimes you just get all caught up in everything! x

    Hannatalks

    • It is my favourite :) I love going daaan the west country! So nice to escape London even just for a couple of days. I know, it is so hard to detach yourself sometimes – gotta be strict and turn everything off every now and then! Thank you for stopping by my love :) Immy x

  • The Sunday Mode

    I relate to everything you wrote, i am online so much of my day and it can be difficult to switch off even on holidays because that’s when there are so many opportunities for great locations and ideas for blogging.
    Love your photos, you got some stunning shots :)

    http://www.thesundaymode.com

    • Yessss totally agree with that! So many prime photo / blog ops – it can be really hard to detach yourself from blog mode, I feel like my eye is always on the look out! I am going to try my best over Christmas just to relax with the fam… with maybe a few snaps in between. Hehe >:) Immy x

  • I love the concept that today we are no longer used to being “bored” because we’re always connected to something, someway. It’s so true! We don’t know how to handle those feelings anymore do we!!!!

    Megan
    Denton & Lou

    • It is a really interesting one, isn’t it? I have forgotten what it feels like to feel completely bored and I miss it! We are off to Thailand in February and for the first week will be up in the north jungle with no wifi / signal or tech so I am looking forward to being left to my own devices and creating adventures without being connected to the outside world! Immy x

  • Georgina

    I seriously need to take up some of these tips

    http://www.georginadoes.co.uk

    • Oooh yes, they have really helped me – I gotta learn to stick to them though! Immy x

  • I can totally understand where you are coming from with this lovely and last weekend I immersed myself in a little digital detox whilst exploring Porto and it was so nice to reconnect with myself and with my boyfriend without worrying about schedules or posts for a change.

    Lovely post.

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

    • Oooh that must have been lovely Emma! It really is so lovely isn’t it. I have realised that time spent with the boyf / family / friends is so important and good for you, it is something to prioritise! I am going to try my best to be super organised so I can do this more often! Immy x

  • This is a great post! I wonder how much of us feeling so zoned out all the time now is due to technology (after all, perhaps it’s because we’re older and not as carefree as we were when we were kids??) But yes, would love to see what life would be like now if the internet hadn’t taken off so much! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Love this post! It made me giggle to myself remembering the days of fighting over the computer time for you 30 minute slot on Sims. I am SO bad at switching off so I’m definitely going to give some of your tips a try :) I’ve tried meditation but not found a fab app yet (I prefer guided meditation) but reading has helped in the past. xx