Switching off is something I’ve always struggled with, and I don’t think I’m alone. Mobile phones, social media, collaborative working tools, have all made it even more difficult to switch off, as we are constantly connected. The temptation to just check that late night work email, to “save you a job” the following morning, or “finish off” that document in readiness for an early morning meeting is always there.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that I can work from home from time to time, I enjoy the flexibility of knowing that if I need an hour off to sort something none work related out during the day, the option it there, I can catch-up later. But on those “normal” days, when the office day ends but the temptation to just check it still there, what do you do?
I usually turn to reading in the first instance, but even then, my mind sometimes wanders, finding something to ponder and worry about. The problem is I’m trying to focus on something else when in reality, I just want to switch off completely.
Next, I turned to good old Netflix, I love a good Netflix binge, but I seem to have lost the ability to just “be”. I still need to be doing something with myself, alongside binge watching series of Gilmore Girls, How I Met Your Mother and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (all of which are amazing BTW).
That was when a friend suggested colouring. Now I LOVE colouring. As a child, I had often spent MANY hours colouring peacefully on my own and loved it. In fact, I even won a colouring competition as a child, look how pleased I was!
But as an adult? never, it all felt a bit daft if I’m honest, my husband certainly thought so!
I was a little dubious at first, but as I started to mindlessly colour in between the lines with my new colourful pens, I soon started to see what all the fuss was about, you really do switch off.
Somewhere in between selecting just the right felt-tips for the job and switching on Netflix in the background I would enter a zen-like state of relaxation, and I wouldn’t think about work ONCE. My “worry levels” are low, and when they do appear I have a mechanism for coping, a safety net of sanity if you will.
It’s been a year now and I just keep going and going
I’ve never strayed from Millie Marotta’s Books, sometimes, I’ve looked at others, but these really work for me. So much so I’ve got the full set now to enjoy.
So if like me you struggle to just “be” and switch off. Let it go… and colour in…nope… still sounds daft 😛
What do you think? Have you join the colouring revolution or are you still dubious? What do you recommend to switch off?
FYI My cat Izzy completely disagrees. Belly tickles and a big purring ball of fluff on your lap is the best solution according to her! She’s often there to convince me of it