***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***
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!
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.