One of the hardest things I find is making sure that I sit down, relax and unwind after working upstairs in my little office all day. I guess that is one of the biggest problems with working from home. If you work in an office, then it is much easier to ‘step away from the computer’ but gone are the days where no one could get hold of you…ever!
There is now email, text, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Facebook messaging and, well, the list is endless. On top of all that, of course, is the other interruption if you are a parent. Kids! As a result, it feels like you can never switch off. Well, not until 9.30pm at the earliest and by that point, I don’t know about you, but I am ready to go to bed.
Rattan Direct have recently put together a survey orientating around what do parents do to unwind and I thought I would share with you the three top things in my life that I do for relaxation purposes.
Go on a walk with my camera
This is one of my absolute favourite things to do – especially if I am on my own and not having to worry about anyone else get bored whilst I line up the perfect shot (believe me, Ross and Grace have tolerated this on a number of occasions!). It means I can get some fresh air, get away from the house, get some exercise and capture some more of the nature photographs that I love so much.
Watch a Box Set
This is the most popular past-time for Ross and I. We are home-bodies at heart and we love nothing more than getting caught up in one of our favourite shows. Over the past few months, when Walking Dead and Game of Thrones finished, we went right back to the beginning of Greys Anatomy – and realised all over again how much we loved the show. We have just reached Season 8 and have put a pause on that whilst we re-watch the whole of Season 6 of Walking Dead ready for the next series which starts in a couple of weeks (although watching Walking Dead and Greys Anatomy means I will see Negan as Denny, which bothers me!). We have also been known to watch Scrubs, The Gilmore Girls, Breaking Bad, The Following and we did waste our time on the first series of Mr Robot!
I used to read incessantly when I was younger. From around the age of 9 until 16 I could be seen walking around with a book in my hand. After that, it kind of died off as nights out, films and TV replaced reading. This past year has seen me read more books than I have in ages! I have a device called a Kobo which is fantastic and has a really long battery life. This year I have read The Girl on The Train, The Promise of Rain, All The Light We Cannot See and The Secret Daughter amongst others. I have loved them all. It is wonderful escapism.
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