These days it’s so easy get carried away with work, school or just staying on top of the million things that we all have going on. The importance of downtime is definitely ignored by so many people. Sitting on the couch for 3 hours trawling through Instagram or catching up on Snapchat is not considered downtime in my opinion. I googled “downtime”, and by definition it is “time during which a machine, especially a computer, is out of action or unavailable for use.”
We find it so hard to switch off, it never ever is a priority. But in reality it’s one of the most beneficial and important things that you can do for so many aspects of your life.
The benefits of downtime include…
It gives your mind a break
You need to give yourself a moment to switch off, if not every day then at least three times a week.
It keeps your relationships normal
Having a phone-less date night or just giving someone your full attention whilst having a conversation is so, so important. There is nothing more annoying than trying to talk to someone who has their head in their phone. Frustrations can grow and arguments are just inevitable.
It allows you to properly gather your thoughts
If you’re stressing about something, be it big or small, I find allocating a specific time in the day to worry about or analyze the situation can be really helpful. It will help you to not dwell on things until you can do something about it too.
It can actually trigger creativity
I find the times that I’m going for a walk, or just lying down, can be the times that little inklings can turn into much bigger ideas and plans. Following on from my previous point about gathering your thoughts, I always try and make my blog posts here on Cinnamon Soul relevant and helpful to the people who read them. The times when I am stressing about something, and looking for solutions, are usually the times when I get an idea for a new blog post. I think that if I am stressing about a certain something, then the chances are that a lot of other people are too, or will in the future.
It allows you to become more productive
If you have your set downtime, and you know it’s coming and you can look forward to it, then you can focus on tasks at hand at a given time.
It forces you to stop wasting time
Scheduling in your downtime, and then having everything else to focus on, can definitely help you to stop spending time on your phone doing the same thing that you do every single night. I’m just going to be honest and say that the amount of time I have wasted stalking people on Instagram is actually embarrassing. It’s such a waste of time and so completely unworthwhile.
There are so many way that you can have downtime in a way that really suits you. I love going for a walk with my earphones in and shuffling my songs to see which memories come back to me when I hear old favorites. I love that so much! Downtime for someone else might include the following:
- A Netflix binge
- Playing with your dogs (me!!!!)
- Going for a nap
- Using the Headspace app
- Reading a good book
- Tidying – I actually find this weirdly therapeutic
Anyway, let me know if you liked this post or found it useful. I always enjoy putting posts like this together. I shot the photos for this post with my new friend and photographer Claire Petersen. I absolutely love how it turned out. Claire is so talented, kind and is also a fellow blogger over at Technicolor Dreamer, so give her a follow – she has such a wonderful eye for photography.
Have a great day everyone!