This blogging business can get very hectic sometimes. We spend hours in front of our screens writing and reading. Not to mention all of the work that goes on behind the scenes of each and every fabulous blog out there! The trouble with there being such a long list of daily tasks to complete, is that it’s rare for bloggers to step back and take a little time away from their work.
Taking time away from the screen is super important and even if we don’t really have the time for a break, we should make time to step away from technology. I know when I need to take a break as I begin to suffer with a bought of writer’s block and I find social media exhausting. Usually I enjoy both of these aspects of what I do, but when they become a chore I know it’s time to down tools and head out!
I find that I relax most on the days that Hubs is around, spending quality time together as a family is the perfect remedy for me. When I know I’ve got a day like this coming up I schedule as much as I can in advance, so I know that I don’t have to spend too much time working!
I really believe that we should all take a break now and then, without worrying about what’s going on in our little corners of the internet. So, I thought I’d ask my fellow bloggers how they relax when they’re all blogged out and need a break from the screen. Here’s a round up of time out tips, from those in the know!
Pete from Household Money Saving: ‘I enjoy taking the kids out on their bikes or to the park. Some much needed fresh air and exercise for us all.’
Tracey from Pack the PJs: ‘I walk the dogs (and children). Ideally we go on an ‘adventure’ to keep the kids amused and interested … as Pete says, the fresh air is what’s needed after sitting at your laptop for many hours.’
Laura from Five Little Doves: ‘I read. Having spent most of my day writing/reading blogs, it’s nice sometimes to read a good book and switch off from blogging full stop.’
Sarah from Mummy Cat: I play games on my Xbox, I turn off twitter and just relax playing games with my friends, best way to unwind.’
Nat from Awaybies Kids: ‘I love going for a coffee or lunch with friends, if I ever get the chance! And yoga…I feel brilliant afterwards.’
Elizabeth from the Homemaker’s Journal: ‘I meet with friends physically to relax. It helps me to get my mind out of the internet and into the real world. Sometimes, go to a movie. dinner or a dance club and enjoy the social aspects of being human.’
Clara from The Balance Collective: ‘I read. A LOT. I tend to have at least two books on the go at all times. One fiction and one non-fiction. However, they tend to give me more ideas for blogs!’
Collette from Truly Madly Cuckoo: ‘Definitely a coffee with friend, although these coffee mornings can often last well into the afternoon.’
Claire from Mumsy Midwife: ‘I knit and crochet! I love making toys and blankets so do this to chill when I’ve seen too much of the screen.’
Nikki from Yorkshire Wonders: ‘I take a long hot bath. Light some candles, put some aromatherapy oils on. (Only works if other half can keep control of kids downstairs!)’
Laura from The Mamma Fairy: ‘I go for a run or a gym class, total detox from it!’
Christy from Welsh Mum of One: ‘Definitely going out for walks helps a lot. Walks by the water refresh me and help with screen-burn a lot. I’m lucky that I live quite near a few parks with large lakes as well as the city waterfront. Even if it’s raining I’ll head out for a walk to clear my mind and reset mentally.’
Victoria from Lylia Rose: ‘Getting out the house is a must when this happens! A power walk around the block, a walk up a local hill looking over the views or a trip to the park/woods if the kids are in tow. Getting out into nature helps me most.’
Kelly from Kelly Allen Writer: ‘Crafting and reading. If I’m out-screened then I turn to a quiet corner and read or I get my craft on and make anything and everything I can! It isn’t always good, sometimes I bin what I’ve made, but it’s an outlet.’
Sophie from Soph-obsessed: ‘I meditate! It’s my very own me time where I can completely switch off and forget everything else!’
Jenny from Accidental Hipster Mum: ‘Sometimes I leave my phone downstairs and read on my bed for a bit. Heaven.’
Erica from The Incidental Parent: ‘I catch up with the latest box sets. Snuggle on the sofa with a blanket, biscuits and cuppa.’
Victoria from Fabulous Mummy: ‘Going out for a walk or pick up a book really nourishes my soul. I get really consumed with my phone, everything is on there from radio to banking…there is no escape unless you make some time away from it.’
Lynne from New Mummy Blog: ‘Walking, I grew up hill walking and climbing so it really helps me focus and unwind both at once! A few years ago I got into painting to unwind from an incredibly stressful time at work working ridiculous hours. Ice just bought some new paints so am hoping to start that again to get some ‘me time’…. we’ll see if it happens!’
How do you like to relax?