Switching Off

09:53



If you know me you will know that I am glued to my phone.

It goes everywhere with me, and I have it to hand at all times. I love being able to contact people and connect to the world through social media. I love that I can find out the answer to any questions I have with just a few taps on my screen. And if I'm not on my phone? I'm probably on the laptop, or watching TV. My life at the moment seems to involve a lot of screens.

So I decided that I would make more of an effort to switch off. Partly for myself, and partly so that Zach doesn't grow up with phones and tablets and whatever else glued to his hands too. I want to show him the world outside, encourage him to pick up a book, and watch him play outside in the garden.

One way I've been doing this is through getting back into reading this past month. I used to be such a bookworm, but after finishing university I felt like I had read so much over three years I couldn't handle any more and needed a little break. It's been a year since I graduated, and although I have read bits here and there this month was the first time I have read an entire book for a long time. In fact I read three. And I am so glad I did because I've remembered just how much I love reading, and I can't wait to get stuck into some more good books.



We've also been getting into gardening, although we're not all that good at it. When we moved into our current house the garden was an overgrown jungle. But we've dug up a lot of the weeds and everything that was overgrown, and we've planted lots of wild flower seeds, and even made a little lawn for Zach to have a paddling pool or sandpit on come summer. Hopefully when the weather warms up a little bit we can get out in the garden more in general. We just need to buy some garden furniture and we're all set.

Something else I've started doing in the evenings once Zach's gone to sleep is definitely not most people's cup of tea. It's puzzles! I bought one when I was pregnant and overdue - bored of waiting for Zach to decide to join us. And do you know what, I love it. Our friend Daniel has been sucked in too and now once a month we head to the local fudge shop (the one where the woman knows who I am, the shame!) and stock up on sweet supplies before working our way through an 1000 piece puzzle. I have no shame.

What do you do to switch off?
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10 comments

  1. So true, I'm always aware that I'm on my phone far too much and I get so much Mummy guilt but it's so easy to pick up and put down! I really need to make the effort to leave it at home sometimes and focus all of my attention on little A. I also love reading and could read through a book in a few days before A was born but now I never seem to have time. #MMWBH

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    1. It definitely does take me a lot longer to read a book now than it used to! I get the mummy guilt too - need to put my phone down more xx

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  2. This has inspired me! A few weeks ago I decided to do digital free Sundays. I haven't managed it yet! I would definitely catch up on my reading. I've got growing pile by my bed.

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    1. It gets a lot easier once you set your mind to it :) xx

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  3. I love reading! It really takes you away from reality, and is a good example to set. I still find it difficult to put my phone down though! #MMWBH
    Sabrina x

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    1. I really struggle with putting my phone down no matter what it seems! xx

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  4. A lovely idea, I really need to try and switch off more, I go through phases where I turn the laptop off at night and my phone and go to bed early and read my book, then I become the complete opposite and spend all night on my phone. It's not healthy and it's hard because my job means I work from home too and so I feel like I can never escape. x

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    1. I can imagine how hard it must be to separate work life and home life when you work at home! Must make it harder to switch off as they are so connected! xx

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  5. Good for you hunny. I am find ing it really hard to switch off but have been doing a lot more of it lately. I find I can get obsessed with writing on my blog everyday and talking to people on social media and I love that connection but I have to go back to loving reality and outdoors and adventure again too. lol Find balance I find it tough. Good luck to you. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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    1. It's definitely hard to get that balance right! xx

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