As I become older and further my career, taking time out being able to “switch off” is becoming more and more important. In the past it’s not something that I have managed well, but as I develop person so does my ability to be able to switch off from the working and tune back into my world.
A few weeks ago, I went away to Kos and the whole trip was the therapy that I didn’t know I needed. I’m the adventurous type; I like to climb things, run up things and explore new countries by land and sea. So going on holiday and doing absolutely nothing but relaxing and admiring the beautiful view wasn’t something that usually appealed to me but oh how I needed it.
We stayed at the Michelangelo Resort and Spa and we picked it due to it’s beautiful views and infinity pool. Every morning we woke up, had breakfast and picked a shaded spot by the pool and stared at the blue sea in front at us.
Maybe it was because of the heat mixed with the beautiful view, or the fact that my phone was on airplane mode and I had Beyoncé’s Lemonade on repeat, my mind had never felt so relaxed and at ease. I was so content and felt so full of life, I even registered for the Amsterdam Half Marathon.
I didn’t realise how much I needed to take time out until I actually took time out. I boarded the plane feeling so drained, but I returned to London feeling happy, recharge and vowing to dedicate more time to switching off from the outside world and enjoying time with my other half. I don’t want to miss out on living because I am too busy checking social media, replying to emails or writing a blog post late at night. This isn’t the life that I signed up for, so I am going to stop signing up for it. I want to live in the moment.
Here are a few easy ways to take time out from your busy schedule to help you to relax, recharge and live in the moment. And don’t feel guilty for taking time out either, you’ve earned it.
Listen to music.
We’ve all heard that saying “headphones in, world out” and it has become one of my favourite ways to switch off from the world. I am still obsessing over Beyonce’s Lemonade, so this is my album of choice, but I also enjoy listening to the sounds of Miguel and Kendrick Lamar too.
Read a book
Getting lost in a novel is something that I used to do on a daily basis as a child. But the time constraint world of adulthood means that reading isn’t the daily event that it used to be. I now try to find a few hours a week to allow myself to sit down, read a book and let my mind become that of a character in a book. I love to read because as soon as you put your head in the book, the world around you is no longer your reality.
Go for a walk
And listen to a podcast. I am particularly a huge fan of Ted talks, they cover a range of topics and they always leave me feeling inspired.
How do you like to switch off and take time out for yourself?