The Importance of Taking Time Out

…and having the occasional nap


Whenever I meet up with mates, you can bet your bottom dollar that the phrase ‘I’m SO busy’ will get tossed around at least about 34 times during the evening. Everyone is just on it. Holidays are pretty much done now until Christmas and everyone seems to be ploughing on with the thought of spending at least a couple of days over the Christmas period in pyjamas, scoffing a selection box with Love Actually and Elf going round on a loop getting them through. I feel it too – BRING ON ELF!

I’m trying to chill out a bit and not get too caught up in the pre-end of year whirlwind and give myself a bit of perspective and a bit of time out where possible. Side note: I’m kinda failing horrendously at it and have spent more days than I wish to share writing lists and not even ticking off one thing, procrastinating by clearing out my kitchen cupboards and thinking that doing washing/cleaning/anything at all is more inviting than sitting down at my laptop. I think a little refresh tomorrow is exactly what I need. Here’s the plan. Feel free to incorporate if your kitchen cupboards are newly cleared out too…


GET UP. Lie-ins are lovely and everything but sometimes I end up feeling more lethargic when I’ve been lolling around in bed just scrolling through my phone for a couple of hours. Now that doesn’t mean I’m going to crack out one of my 5.30am wake-up calls here and I am just going to transfer myself to the sofa after doing some kind of activity (see below), but sometimes it just feels nicer to snuggle on the sofa with a good book. Of course I usually end up having a nap in the afternoon and wake up to Mark exclaiming that I’ve been asleep for four hours. I’m not so fab at the whole nap thing…

DO SOMETHING. As much as I love really, truly lazy days where the step tracker on my phone says that I’ve only done 300 steps in 24 hours – my bad – I do (annoyingly) feel better for leaving the house, getting some air in my lungs and actually doing something. So tomorrow morning I’ll meet up with Paul an the regulars for a bootcamp session before coming home, eating, showering and going back to sleep (see the note on naps above). Yes, I am basically just writing a post promoting naps. Riveting content as always, eh?


SWITCH OFF. Goodbye social media! Well, for at least a couple of hours anyway. You might notice that I tend to go a bit quiet online at the weekends and that’s because it’s the one time of the week where I try not to have my phone surgically attached to my hand. Of course, some weekends I fail miserably and end up wondering why no one is playing on twitter at 4pm in the afternoon on a Saturday, but tomorrow I’m going to make a real effort. I often find the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ rule works best and leave my phone in another room. Although it sometimes ends in me doing the pat and panic routine and thinking that I’ve lost it. It’s a game my brain likes to play with sunglasses as well, usually when I’m wearing them on my head.

SEE MY FAVES. Family time is the one. There’s nothing quite like spending time with Mark, catching up with my sister and hanging out with my parents. It can pretty much solve anything. Tomorrow we’re celebrating my Dad’s birthday with a hearty Italian meal and it’s going to be glorious. I’m seeing my girl mates too tonight for a Deliveroo date, so not only is my belly going to be bulging this weekend, I’m going to feel all warm and fuzzy with the friends and family feels.

Pictures by Mark Newton, taken on a Cannon EOS 33



  • Gemma Kathryn Griffiths

    Love this post 🙂 especially going phone free on the weekends!

    (side note to double check the title *importance* 🙈 )

  • Ashley Christabelle

    I usually lie in a lot in the morning, lately though I’ve stopped doing that and have been awake quite early everyday! And yes, naps in the afternoons are the best. <3

  • I feel better when I leave the house as well. To be honest, I dont really have a choice anymore now I have kids.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Sophie Stewart

    I definitely agree with the out of sight out of mind theory about phones, I definitely don’t look at my phone as much if I leave it in another room, it is good to switch off sometimes! Sophie x

  • Joyofjelly

    Happy birthday to your Dad, Anna :). When I have 2 days off, first off them it’s a day when I do all “fun” stuff, cleaning flat, photos for my blog etc. Second day is when I try to meet my family, go on a walk with my boyfriend or even watching films all day.

  • Becca

    I love the idea of getting up, doing something and then having a nap. So much more productive! I’m always so annoyed when a lie in means you get basically nothing done with your morning xx

  • I’ve just started trying to have switch off times every week and it’s really been helping me switch off as well as my phone. It’s so calming, even if it’s a struggle at first.

    – Natalie

  • theblackblush blog

    I think that it’s important to switch off a little bit of social media! I’m really bad at it, but I have to try a little bit harder!
    Loved this post 🙂

    The Black Blush

  • These photos are so beautiful, Anna! I’ve been trying to switch off social media on the weekends as well. It’s so refreshing!

    Carrie |

  • Glad I have read this, it’s so important. I’m the same and can’t lie in bed for too long, I need to be doing things x

  • Such a great post Anna, so motivating!

  • Loved this post Anna. So motivational and inspiring.

  • These pictures are gorgeous, Mark did an absolutely amazing job! This is some great advice as well – I especially agree with the point about getting up early. Excessive lie ins are just not the one!

  • marblebeauty

    I loved this post! I find that if I stay in bed being lazy, the day suddenly is gone and it feels like I’ve wasted it! Beautiful photos xxx

  • Love this post so much!


  • Great post Anna! I’m all about taking some time for yourself, but you are right – sometimes we’re better off *actually* doing something, not just staying in bed doing nothing. This actually makes it worse because then you feel guilty of not doing anything. Usually, I would get out of bed, dress (never stay in pyjamas on days where you want to be productive!), put some music on, and try to create a relaxed atmosphere!

    Julia x
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  • I love this post so much and I love the pictures! The canon eos 33 is a really special camera, is it?
    I also loved the video with you on Lilys Channel, I’m not gonna say that! So cute, I would 100% say the same thing!


    If you like annas blog, I have a very similair blog all about beauty and skincare and interior!

  • Mariam H

    Really good post. I’m off work for a week (I work in a school) and so a
    recharge is definately on the cards. I’m a big fan of napping, even if
    my mates think its a bit granny’ish. Hooray for grannys! they defo have
    the right idea, all this rushing around n stressing is soo last century
    (or should be)

  • i agree that it so important to take time off. even if you just take a holiday, you’re still in the same routine and the same place so a change of scenery can make so much difference x

    Aditi |

  • couldn’t agree more with this 🙂

    Mel x

  • I am such a bad person for feeling sleepy in the afternoons especially if I’ve done something in the morning, I will desperately need to sleep, I like the idea of keeping your phone away more at weekends, I may not post months but I am an avid scroller! I need to keep all these tips in mind

  • Such a wonderful reminder to take time out 🙂 Thanks Anna! 🙂

  • Yolandi North

    Love this. xxx

  • Megan Davis

    Lovely post reminding us all to take a minute. Thank you! Also, the photos are all stunning! xx

  • I love the vintage feel to these photos. It is important to take time out, I can’t complain i’m a regular at it : ). I agree that staying in bed longer than needed, can leave you feeling the opposite of refreshed… whats that word again? oh yeah (s**t). Good post Anna : ) xoxo

  • Now I want to watch Elf! Had a week off recently, but I really need to get back into exercise – I blame my dressing gown entirely!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Keira W

    Lovely Post !!! The pictures are amazing Xxx

  • I completely agree with this post and it looks like you have had a great time taking time away from work! Sometimes it can be hard to get that work/life balance right.