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Why Christmas is the Perfect Time to Switch Off

***It is Christmas Cheer Week on ROSALILIUM and we have some very special guests to come and celebrate with us. Today the lovely Emma from The Freelance Lifestyle is sharing her tips for switching off this Christmas***

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I’m a HUGE fan of Christmas. You know those people who start talking about it the minute September swings around? Those people who make huge Pinterest board of Christmas ideas (filled with a lot of recipes from Rosalilium)? Those people that do little happy dances when the Christmas fairs come into town? I’m absolutely one of those people. Frankly, it takes all my will power not to bust out the Christmas compilation album before December.

 

But I’d like to talk about a fairly geeky element of Christmas – The art of switching off.

 

Most of us spend a large amount of time being ‘switched on’. Our phones are the first and last thing we check at night, we browse Facebook on the train….hell some of us even tweet on the loo. There are very few times we manage to completely switch off. But Christmas is one of those times that you can.

 

There’s something blissful about having the luxury of time to switch off and give your family and friends your full concentration.

 

  • Step 1: Turn off your notifications. Turning off your phone completely is sometimes not practical, but turning off all your notifications for Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest will reduce the ‘noise’ hugely.
  • Step 2: Hide your laptop. Do you really need it over the Christmas break?
  • Step 3: Consider taking a social media break for the week around Christmas. I try and do this every Christmas, and it’s nice to actually enjoy the moments rather than have it clouded by who’s posted what on Facebook.
  • Step 4: Make a list of all the things you want to do with your family and friends that don’t require tech. Play board games, bake, have a dinner party, go for a walk, redecorate, shop, try a new hobby. The list is endless!
  • Step 5: Enjoy it!

 

If possible, try and persuade those you’ll be with to do the same. This might be somewhat challenging for the teenagers…

 

If you don’t usually switch off, I think you’ll find it interesting how you’ll feel when you do. Personally, I find my attention levels improve, I’m able to concentrate better on a conversation (and don’t slip into the rude habit of checking my phone while people are talking to me), I don’t get wound up about what someone has posted on Facebook and I enjoy moments instead of documenting them.

 

I’m by no means anti-social media. I love a good tweet, upload (probably far too many) photos of my kitten to Instagram, and adore reading other blogs. But Christmas is a time to appreciate the small, simple things. Without the distractions of technology.

 

Will you be switching off this Christmas?
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Check out Emma’s blog, The Freelance Lifestyle
  1. I totally agree! I love facebook,twitter etc.Heck here am I checking blog posts this early on a sunday morning! My other half doesn’t do social media at all so the fact that we have booked to go away to a country cottage over Christmas with no mobile reception has him rubbing his hands with glee.I think I will find it relaxing to once i’ve stopped hanging out the window trying to latch on to the tinyest bit of signal.lol.x

  2. Completely agree with this. I too, am a lover of Christmas and I make it a habit of switching off for a good few days, hopefully a week. I think especially a freelancer (particularly within the social media realm), you feel like if you’re not constantly connected, not constantly ‘on’, that you’re somehow being lazy. You feel guilty for not working, as if you’ll miss something vital if you don’t check Twitter right this second. But what I’ve come to realise is that it’s the perfect time of year to reflect on what really matters. I don’t want to miss out on fantastic little moments with my family and friends – that’s more important. If only we could be so generous with our time in real life as we are online. Thanks for this post – I think it’s a really important reminder for everyone.

    Oh, and MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hope you have a wonderful one.

  3. I’ll be partially switching off. My husband and I arequite imersed in the online world. We went to rural North Wales last year, so mobiles and mobile internet didn’t work and I used the wifi for hslf an hour per day. We’re staying at home this year and I am hoping to acheive some sembelance of that almost complete cut-offness.

  4. I am totally looking forward to switching off this Christmas. I need some time to just let my mind wander, rejuvenate and get inspired. I might still post a few instagram photos but otherwise I want some time off.

    Looking forward to it!

    x

  5. I couldn’t agree more (and I am a bit of a social media addict these days). I agree with Bangs, that as a freelance writer and blogger I love to feel connected but I am also aware it is a distraction and even a waste of time sometimes.

    I’ve already decided that once I’ve got all my Christmassy blog posts and work commitments out of the way, I am going offline over Christmas so I can really enjoy this one with my family and have a break from techy stuff.

    Thanks to Emma for reaffirming this is a good plan – ace post!

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  7. I love this post. I’m hoping my family all switch off this year (we had a fancy dinner out at a restaurant a few weeks ago and my sister and Dad both had their phones out at the table and I thought it was super rude to the restaurant o be checking the football scores and twitter). So I plan to try and do it too, so I am not being a hypocrite on my high horse!

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