Switching Off {The Ordinary Moments}

I’ve realised that, in life, there aren’t many times when I truly switch off. There is always something in my head, something that needs doing, something that needs planning or organising. Now that I work from home too there is always work to do, housework to do, meals to plan, cooking, school runs and so many other things.

Switching Off {The Ordinary Moments}

I sit down to watch a movie with the children or to do some crafts with them and I have so much going on in my head – chores that need doing, work that I need to do – emails to reply to, photos to take, posts to write. It’s so easy to pop and put some washing on whilst watching a movie or unload the dishwasher, never sitting to watch the whole thing. Or I set the children up with some crafts, show them what to do and then potter around tidying up or prepping dinner.

I never switch off. Even in the evenings I am on my laptop whilst watching TV or if I turn the laptop off to watch one of our favourite shows I’ll have a mental list of things to do, replying to emails in the advert breaks and turning the laptop on again once the show has finished.

I realised recently that there are only two times that I do actually, completely switch off. When I go for monthly massages I have an hour where I can’t do anything other than relax. I lay there and enjoy the massage, trying not to think of the work I have to do, the jobs I’ve left back at home and everything else that needs doing and instead just embrace that hour of time to do nothing. And what a wonderful hour it is – the only time I really am by myself and doing nothing.

But, I also switch off when we go to the cinema – with the children or as a family. I sit and I watch a movie from start to finish, taking it all in and enjoying it. There are too many distractions when watching a movie at home but at the cinema I can do nothing but enjoy it and enjoy the children’s reactions to the movie too. A couple of hours of darkness and focus. I think my love of this time to just do nothing but enjoy a movie is why we go to the weekend cinema sessions so often – it’s lovely to actually focus on one thing and switch off for a little while.

I need to learn to switch off at other times too. To be able to sit and turn my mind off, to not worry about my to-do list and the little jobs that need doing. But for now, I’ll make the most of massages and cinema trips – my time to switch off and just be.

If you have an ordinary moment this week, come and link up with myself and Katie – we love reading your posts each week.

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. I struggle to switch off, in fact I’m often seen watching a tv show, writing a list or something and listening to an audiobook in one ear, keeping up with all but it’s how I stay on top of everything in the evening. I should probably switch off more, but all I’d probably do is sleep 😉 x

  2. I love going to the cinema for that reason too! I get quite bad anxiety and switching off is one of the things I am working on, through mindfulness and trying to drop my standards a bit, but it is really hard. I think one of the things I am struggling to accept is that Instead of working out a way I can fit it all in better, I need to work on prioritising and cutting out the things that aren’t important, or accepting that they can wait for another day!

  3. I am really awful for this and would love to be able to switch on and off better, I seem to be in a constant state of in the middle! Glad you have a couple of things to help you and i definitely need to go to the cinema more as you’re right it is the best switch off x

  4. Yep I’m like that too, find it really hard to switch off. swimming is my time to switch off, I need to try to make more time to stop thinking as well as stop doing.

  5. Im definitely like this too and when I think about it,its no wonder I sometimes feel so overwhelmed. I definitely need to start switching off more.

  6. That’s totally true about the cinema! I can so relate to this and clearly need to go to the cinema more! I am even worse in that, in the evenings, I’m always typing or tapping away during my fav shows! I must stop that!

  7. Loved this Donna. I struggle so much with switching off too, its hard. But I am glad you had that moment to be in the moment with the kids at the cinema and enjoy it all. x #ordinarymoments

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