Switching off and unwinding

Switching off and unwinding

I love my blog – like really love my blog, I see it as an extension of me. A place for all my grumbles and random musings, a place to record our lives and the crazy journey of parenthood we are on. BUT big but after a year of going for it and devoting a hell of a lot of time to it I started to feel myself burn out, something I love so much was feeling a little bit like a chore at times. Which is when I knew I needed to take a little bit of time out each week switch off have some screen free time – yes that includes the TV.

Here are some of the things I like to do:

  1. Bath – A nice big relaxing bubbly bath, once the kids are all in bed I can just completely relax with some music playing and a nice big cuppa of a glass of wine depending on whether there is any in the fridge that evening, I have started making this a weekly thing and I love it. I never used to be much of a bath person until now. IMG_8712
  2. Reading – spending an hour or two getting lost in a great book is a great way to unwind, I can get so lost in a story it’ll feel like I’ve been reading for 5 minutes but in reality it’s been 2 hours.
  3. Cooking/baking – I love to bake and cook with the kids it’s so messy but we have a ton of fun it’s nice to jus put my phone down and get stuck in with them, I am so guilty of checking my emails and social media throughout the day so I have to make the conscious decision to put it out of sight at times.
  4. Colouring – Colouring with the kids is fine but the little sods always want to join in and do my picture, the control freak in me just cringes on the inside as they scrawl all over my pretty picture. I have been using the adult colouring book calm colour create it is so therapeutic. Calm, Colour, Create # 1

These are just some of the way I like to unwise and switch off from the screens what about you?

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  1. August 10, 2015 / 11:27 am

    I’ve been trying to make sure I take time away from my blog too. It’s easy to lose hours and days sat at my laptop. I’m trying to make an effort to enjoy the other things I like doing too. I find baking relaxing and also long baths.

    The colouring book looks fab. xx
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  2. Carolyn Montgomery
    August 10, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    Usually a glass of wine and a good book but am wanting to take up adult colouring x

  3. David
    August 10, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    My father uses these – recommended

  4. Jennifer Haden
    August 10, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Just laying back, closing my eyes and trying to clear my head. It’s sort of like a form of meditation I guess, it really de-stresses me x

  5. laura stewart
    August 10, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    with a cup of tea and slice of cake xx

  6. Tracey Peach
    August 10, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    I like to read books to relax xxx

  7. Sharon Arnott
    August 10, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    Since I discovered colouring I have never found it so easy to chill and relax. It certainly has a very calming effect.

  8. joannewelsh76@hotmail.com
    August 10, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    A long bath and a good book

  9. tracy nixon
    August 10, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    I colour and I also enjoy doing tapestry and cross stitch too!

  10. Rachel Craig
    August 10, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    Crafts, colouring in, reading etc.

  11. Joanna Butler-Savage
    August 10, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    I love to go for a long walk then read a book outdoors

  12. debbie smith
    August 10, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    i like to read and embroider or crochet xx fab giveaway looks fun x

  13. Rosalind Blight
    August 10, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    Going out for walks and taking in the beautiful sights. My short walks normally end up a couple of hours long lol

    August 10, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    with a good book and a nice cup of tea

  15. Sue McCarthy
    August 10, 2015 / 4:41 pm

    Sewing & knitting kids clothes & toys etc to donate to charity, to go to Romania

  16. clair downham
    August 10, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    a hot bath and a glass of wine

  17. Lauren Tourle
    August 10, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    a bubble bath, Michael buble and a glass of fizz πŸ™‚

  18. michelle banks
    August 10, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    a nice long bubble bath x

  19. Helen B
    August 10, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    I love to take long walks or relax watching a soppy dvd

  20. KATHY D
    August 10, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    Knitting, crafting, reading and if all else fails wash my hair

  21. Kate Leather
    August 10, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    A bubbly bath, pj’s on and a hot cup of hot chocolate!

  22. August 10, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    I love a good book with some scented candles burning either chilled out in my room or in a nice hot bubble bath x
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  23. Lyla
    August 10, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    A nice cup of tea and a good book

  24. Jayne T
    August 10, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    A long walk in the countryside.

  25. Paul Scotland
    August 10, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Have a nice bath with candles, and listen to music

  26. Leanne Lunn
    August 10, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    A good book and bar of choc.

    August 10, 2015 / 9:22 pm


  28. August 11, 2015 / 1:00 am

    I like to crochet to relax

  29. Michaela Hannah
    August 11, 2015 / 5:07 am

    With a good book and a glass of wine

  30. Lisa Everaert
    August 11, 2015 / 5:55 am

    feet up, watching a good movie and a snuggle on the sofa – heaven.

  31. Ruth Harwood
    August 11, 2015 / 8:13 am

    I love to relax with a good book xx

  32. natalie moore
    August 11, 2015 / 8:22 am

    a book in a hot bubble bath

  33. Trudie
    August 11, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    I combine the bath and the book – this is my ‘me time’ πŸ™‚

  34. Kaci Soderstrom
    August 11, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Watching telly usually, but I’d love to be more creative when I relax

  35. Lindsay Taylor
    August 11, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    A cup of tea or glass of wine (depends if it’s a school night or not!) and a cheeky bit of chocolate. Then catch up on my programmes or play some no brainer games on the iPad.

  36. Lisa Pond
    August 11, 2015 / 5:31 pm

    Read book or watch a film in the garden πŸ™‚

  37. Kelly L
    August 11, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    I usually have a nice hot bubble bath!

  38. Emma Ellams
    August 11, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    I love colouring! Also love going to bed with a cuppa and a good book πŸ™‚

  39. claire woods
    August 11, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    read a book in a quiet room.

  40. claire jenkins
    August 12, 2015 / 11:53 am

    Wine and watching something on the TV that I don’t really have to concentrate on.

  41. Janice Dunn
    August 12, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    I like to relax with a cup of tea and a packet of maltesers

  42. Stevie
    August 13, 2015 / 11:50 am

    I like to practice stretching, nothing strenuous mind you.

  43. claire griffiths
    August 14, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    a nice long walk or a hot bath with a bath bomb in it

  44. sarah davison
    August 14, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    I like cross stitching while watching a bit T.V

  45. Julie Ward
    August 15, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Entering comps online with a half full glass on the side

  46. Corinne Peat
    August 15, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    With a cuppa and my feet up after the kids go to bed.

  47. Christine Caple
    August 15, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    With a good book and a glass of wine.

  48. Steve Dickinson
    August 16, 2015 / 12:58 am

    Glass of wine

  49. charlotte
    August 16, 2015 / 11:31 am

    cuppa tea and a good book πŸ™‚

  50. Keri Jones
    August 16, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    I always start with a hot bath. Then curl up in front of the tv with a hot chocolate & paint my nails xx

  51. Susan Hunt
    August 16, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    We take the dogs to the beach.

  52. donna l jones
    August 17, 2015 / 11:47 am

    reading a book

  53. Hannah Ingham
    August 17, 2015 / 4:05 pm

    Reading before bed!

  54. Lauren Prater
    August 18, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Luxury bubble bath with candles and a large glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc x

  55. Mike Salisbury
    August 18, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    Unwind with a movie and an ice cold glass of white rum on the rocks

  56. Heather Crowe
    August 18, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    A lovely bubble bath surrounded by scented oils and candles with Stevie Nicks playing in the background, bliss.

  57. Lucie Aiston
    August 18, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    Colouring! I’ve just discovered it and LOVE it!!

  58. Juli Savage
    August 19, 2015 / 8:41 am

    Hot bath and a good book

  59. EJ Dunn
    August 19, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    By watching netflix in bed

  60. Karen B
    August 20, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Definitely reading – especially with a cuppa and chocolate.

  61. Rebecca Smith
    August 20, 2015 / 9:56 am

    A bubbly bath, glass of wine then painting !y nails with a good movie on the tv

  62. stacy sorrell
    August 20, 2015 / 3:44 pm

    i love colouring xx

  63. Spencer Broadley
    August 20, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    A beer, a good DVD and a comfy sofa

  64. Michelle Jenkins
    August 20, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Reading my kindle while eating peanut M&M’s

  65. Nikki Hayes
    August 20, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    My armchair, a good book and a large mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream :o)

  66. sandra ralph
    August 20, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    i go to bed and lie in bed either reading a good book or watch a dvd on my laptop

  67. gemma clark
    August 21, 2015 / 8:07 am

    A nice hot bath and a book xx

  68. Lizzy Cooper
    August 21, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    With a coffee and my laptop

  69. Laura Pritchard
    August 21, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    A hot bubble bath & a really good book, followed by foot rubs from my husband!

  70. Jen Shearer
    August 21, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    a glass of wine and a good box set

  71. Patricia Fraser
    August 21, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    Cup of coffee and catching up with my sky+

  72. Kirsti Peters
    August 21, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    I like to relax and unwind with a nice hot bubbly bath with some drinkable bubbles, Prosecco on my budget. Then after a nice big slice of chocolate cake. Naughty but nice x

  73. Vickie Jackson
    August 21, 2015 / 10:53 pm

    I love a lovely hot bubble bath, and then curled up on the sofa with a good book πŸ™‚

  74. Gemma Holland
    August 21, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    I love to cook

  75. sue seaman
    August 22, 2015 / 6:43 am

    usually in the garden watching for wildlife but lately ive bought colouring books and find this ideal way to relax.

  76. Kate Leather
    August 22, 2015 / 7:12 am

    Relaxing bath, cup of hot chocolate and snuggly pj’s!

  77. August 22, 2015 / 8:19 am

    If it’s a lovely summer day,I love to sit in my garden with a good book and my three dogs dozing at my feet.If it’s a horrible winters day again I love to read whilst nice and cosy indoors.The other way I like to relax is walking my dogs,you get to know so many people and it’s true what they say,”a friend is a stranger that you haven’t yet met” x

  78. emma kinsey
    August 22, 2015 / 9:00 am

    glass of wine curled with a good book

  79. Kerry Smith
    August 22, 2015 / 9:34 am

    I nice soak in a lavender bath

  80. Lauren Old
    August 22, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    Listening to hypnotherapy

  81. Jessica Townley
    August 22, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    I craft to relax. I do a number of things such as cross stitch, colour, paint etc.

    August 22, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    laying on the beach

  83. Aaron Milne
    August 22, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    Glass of wine & put my feet up

  84. Victoria B
    August 22, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    Just sitting down is enough at the moment!

    August 22, 2015 / 5:32 pm

    Watch a film or read.

  86. Victoria Prince
    August 22, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Listening to music or reading with chocolate! (Very important to have the chocolate :-))

  87. Margaret Glover
    August 22, 2015 / 7:34 pm

    I like to do cross stitch

  88. Minnie15
    August 22, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    Netflix, wine and popcorn πŸ™‚ x

  89. jessica woods
    August 22, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    with my relax and coloour books it is helping me actually keep still which i have never been able to do before πŸ™‚

  90. Natalie Crossan
    August 22, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    Glass of wine and bubble bath

  91. Sammi McSporran
    August 22, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    A good book and a hot cup of tea πŸ™‚

  92. Nicki Ramsay
    August 22, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Walking the dogs, reading, doing cross stitch and I have just started colouring

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