5 REASONS WHY SWITCHING YOUR PHONE OFF IS GOOD FOR YOU

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So it’s a Friday night and I’m sat in with my phone turned off. Not the typical Friday night of a 21 year-old student, but hey, I guess I like to break down stereotypes. Sometimes my head goes all fuzzy when I look at my phone. I begrudge every text that comes in, every email and every annoying Facebook post from people you don’t really like but you have to keep them as “friends” to keep your mum happy. Today was one of those days, so I’ve decided to switch my phone off until tomorrow (Saturday) morning. And it feels SO good. I’ve made a list of 5 benefits that switching your phone off can do for you…

  1. It allows you to regroup with yourself
    Switching your phone off means not being disturbed, so take this opportunity to run yourself a bath, apply a face mask, watch a film, paint your nails and just catch up on some me-time. Sometimes taking care of number one is a huge stress reliever, and the best therapy money can buy.
  2. It let’s you catch up on work
    The amount of times that I’ve procrastinated in doing work by being distracted by my phone is amazing, if I had the will-power to turn my phone off every time I had work to do I would be about 99% more productive. Turning my phone off tonight has motivated me to tick everything off my to-do list with uni, my blog and other tasks that I’ve been putting off. It’s only one night, just bite the bullet and get shit done!
  3. It calms your mind down
    It can be really overwhelming sometimes if you’ve had a long day full of noise and action, it’s nice to sit down and completely relax and unwind. But oftentimes staring at social media can be just as stressful. Keeping up with your Twitter timeline, making sure you’ve liked all of your friend’s status’ and photos or responding to messages that are hours old and have lost their relevance. Switching your phone off completely takes that pressure away, because as “first world problems” as it sounds, keeping up with social media can be totally stressful.
  4. It gives you a healthy break from interaction
    There can be some days when you feel like you are in a constant conversation online. Sometimes that’s a great thing, interacting with people instantly all over the world is an amazing thing that should be embraced, but it can also slow your mind down from doing anything productive. Being in a conversation all day long isn’t a natural process. You wouldn’t particularly be in one conversation with people like that in real life, everyone needs their down time but for some reason, when a conversation is had online or by text, the break seems to go away. Switching your phone off allows your mind to really switch off from your online-mode and connect with the world in front of you.
  5. It gets your creative juices flowing
    It’s true to say that many creative types don’t own TVs, they read books, newspapers and listen to the radio, mostly. There’s a reason for this. Once our minds are full of too much outside info (I mean in terms of “fuzz” or meaningless information that’s not going to serve us in any way) we lose our creative streaks. Without the distraction of a phone, we have the brain space available to make our own ideas, without influence from outside sources. There is nothing more satisfying than creating something purely from scratch. Switching your phone off can only be a positive thing for your creative juices.

So I’ve been “switched off” for about 3 hours so far this evening, a record by my standards. It’s surprisingly refreshing, the possibilities are endless. To be perfectly honest, the silence is nice and my productivity levels feel higher than usual. Or maybe I’m just hyped up on sugar from that Magnum I just ate… Who can tell?

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MY HANDBAG ESSENTIALS

DSC_0112It has to be said that I am rather fussy when it comes to the contents of my handbag, I like everything to have its place so that I can reach exactly for that thing at a moment’s notice. My iPhone is the same, I have all of my apps and photos in folders clearly labeled with what they hold. Perhaps I’m anal? Over-organised? Have-no-life? Possibly all three, but anyway here is the contents of my handbag…

DSC_0121The handbag that I’m using at the moment and considering my “summer bag”, although sadly the weather isn’t committing to it as efficiently as I, is by Nadia Minkoff. It’s such a cute bag for Summer and the lining is just as gorgeous…

DSC_0122Obviously first to mention of the actual contents is the most important: Beauty products. Here I’m being fancy and showing off my delicious new Chanel lipstick, but I generally carry around whichever lipstick I’m wearing that day. I also carry around a perfume dispenser (mine is from Sephora) which is such a handy device. You basically just decant your perfume into it and you can take it with you on the go so you don’t have to worry about carrying around full bottles of perfume. As you can see, it is the same size as a lipstick so really convenient.

DSC_0116I always carry a notebook around with me in my handbag, I find that writing notes in an actual book is much more tangible and satisfying that making a quick note on your phone. This leather notebook is from Home Sense.

DSC_0114Boring items to mention: obviously my purse and keys, I mean that’s a no brainer, right? My purse is from TKMaxx (doesn’t have a brand name on it, sorry!).

DSC_0117And last but not least, my life savers. My iPhone and my Filofax. We may have established by now that I’m a bit of an organisational freak so I like to keep my Filofax with me at all times, mine is the Filofax Pocket in Finsbury leather. My phone is the iPhone 4S.
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AFTERNOON CHILL.

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February in its true form has arrived in Britain in the form of the weather. Outside is next to miserable so I’ve chosen to stay indoors cozied up with an endless stream of trashy TV courtesy of Netflix, some interiors magazines and, of course, Pinterest. All I need now is for Starbucks to offer a delivery service and I won’t need to leave my room for at least the next four months.

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MY WEEK IN INSTAGRAM.

I love Instagram just as much as the next iPhone-toting, selfie-taking, fashion-freak and I’m constantly illustrating my life through random photos on my Instagram page. Here’s a showcase of my week in Instagram. Follow me on Instagram @_hannahstocking

[Top row] Testing my new fish-eye lens, Hermes hardware, My Hermes purchase. [middle row] My new favourite nail polis "Aruba Blue" by Essie, the AMAZING Galliano interview in Vanity Fair, my latest haul at Inglot [bottom row] selfie, selfie, I joined Vine!

[Top row] Testing my new fish-eye lens, Hermes hardware, My Hermes purchase.
[Middle row] My new favourite nail polish “Aruba Blue” by Essie, the AMAZING Galliano interview in Vanity Fair, my latest haul at Inglot
[Bottom row] Selfie, selfie, I joined Vine!

I’M ON VINE!

This week I joined Vine, a social networking site/app that’s a cross between Keek and Instagram… But slightly more addictive, perhaps. It allows you to create short 6-second clips of anything, allowing you to pause and edit as you go along… I’m making it sound a helluva lot more complicated than it actually is. Basically Film something, stop, film something, play. Its easy and simple and ever-so-addictive. If you’re already on there, follow me! And if you’re not on Vine, why??? Download the app, for iPhone and Android now!

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