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This may seem like an odd thing to be talking about, as generally at this time of year it seems quite easy to switch off from work and relax, however I have learnt in recent years that it doesn’t quite work that way. Most of the time, when we take time off work, we usually are going somewhere or have plans. Christmas is different, as it is an unusual amount of time to be at home, with family, not actually having much to do besides seeing people, travelling, eating and lots of drinking. I used to find that I would use this time to catch up on work and my to-list with the things that just never seem to get done when leading a busy life. I have now learnt that in order to start the new year off on a good foot and make it a success, your mind and body needs to be properly rested over the festive holidays in order to refuel.
So, how exactly is this golden principle done?
Indulge in Festivities
The first way of course has to be indulging in all that the season has to offer. Don’t shy away from socialising and make the most out of everything going on at this time of year. Not only does this get you into the festive spirit, but it also relaxes your mind and helps you to switch off from everything serious in life, which after 2019, we all definitely need. Say yes to the Christmas markets, wrestling the queue at your local shopping centre, drinks with friends and even family dinners with those inevitable awkward conversations with those you only see once a year!
Indulge in Food and Drink
I always find that at this time of year I really relax because I am out of my routine and I let myself go in terms of treats that I don’t get during the year. Over the Christmas break I let myself get up late and stay up late, I eat and drink whatever the hell I want and most importantly I just do the things I want to do rather than need to do. This attitude always relaxes my mind as it is a luxury, I don’t give myself all year around. Don’t deprive yourself… it’s Christmas!
Let’s be honest, especially after everything going on in 2019, we have all spent way too long with our heads in our phones, watching the TV and using all other devices. It can be easy to overindulge in this at Christmas as we have lots of spare time but really, we aren’t properly switching off if we do this. As much as you will inevitably spend more time on them, you also need to ensure that you are doing other things, such as simply talking to those around you, being outside and having fun in other ways.
What do you do to switch off?
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