If your New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside, your holiday feels have evaporated, or the back-to-school chaos is ruining your vibe, you need to Switch Off. In this new book, Switch Off by occupational therapist and author Angela Lockwood, you’ll learn practical tips and tricks to re-energise and refocus.

ANGIE-3-28-EditDrawing upon years of experience working with both individuals and organisations, Angela shows how to integrate the skills of slowing down into your professional and personal life so you can do what you need, when you need it.

Running on adrenalin? Couldn’t slow down even if you wanted to? Angela suggests checking in with your emotions and physical self, to look for signs of overwhelm and overstimulation.

Angela says it’s best to “recognise when it’s time to switch off before the symptoms take hold. Rather than being pulled through the year, you get to be in the driver’s seat … but first we need to do a little bit of self-reflection.”


Angela’s Top Tips to Switch Off:

  1. Take a good look at yourself

To stop sickness, overwhelm and fatigue from happening this year, step back and literally take a good look at yourself: how healthy are you feeling, are your behaviours and habits serving you well, is it time for change?

  1. Understand your triggers

No two people are the same. What may trigger an overwhelmed state in one person may be the perfect productive state for another. Take time to notice what stressors push your buttons so you can adapt your behavior so it doesn’t take hold. For example, if the mornings are a stressful rush for you, pack bags, lay out clothes and make lunches the night before. Take the pressure off by being prepared for the times that overwhelm you.

  1. Know when to flick the switch

We can’t always be switched off in chill-out mode; there are things to do and people who need us. But we can’t always be “on” either – this is exhausting. Take the time to listen to the messages our bodies are sending us, whether it be the tickle in the throat or the persistent headache or the 3pm crash on the lounge. These feelings and signs are there to prompt us that it is time to slow down. Take notice and take action.


Ready to flick the switch? Try Angela’s strategies to de-stress:

  • Take the time to focus on you. Instead of being the fountain of all for everyone in your life take just 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or even an hour out each day to focus on the things you love, that give you energy and make you feel sane. When you are well, everyone benefits.
  • Make better choices. Our days are filled with choices and each choice impacts on how our day plays out. Focus on making better choices and we become more in control of how the days unfold. It is the most effective way make changes in our lives. Try focusing on making better choices with what you eat, technology use, how you use your time – even how you communicate with your kids and partner. It is often the simple things that will make the biggest difference.
  • Be prepared. Too often we set ourselves up for failure through not being prepared. Whether it be focusing on your physical health, being more mindful, focusing on relationships or prioritising better, we need to have the tools on hand and set up an environment that makes it all work with ease. This means having the right food in the fridge, having our gym bag packed and having our schedule set the week in advance. All of these small actions help us to be in control of when we need to and want to flick the switch.


Want more? Switch Off (Wiley $27.95) is available now, or enter our exclusive haven competition for your chance to win a signed copy – the perfect New Year, New You incentive to get life sorted, pronto! Entries close 27 January and only the winners will be notified. Good luck!

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Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson  

Courtney Robinson is a Gold Coast mum, passionate foodie, whole foods recipe creator and personal trainer certified in holistic digestive health and nutrition. Follow @athletist_ or visit athletist.com.au for recipes, workout tips and training hacks.