Ah, the holiday season! It’s a perfect time to rest and take some time for yourself. But it’s also a time when you feel the pressure to see the people you love as much as possible.
Despite the strong temptation to optimize our time to do everything, we must know how to take a break. It is essential for our physical and psychological health. After all, we already forget ourselves all year long by helping our colleagues, our clients, our bosses, our family, etc.
To recharge our batteries during our (too short) holiday, we must learn to unplug and live in the moment.
If you follow these tips, you’ll get the most out of your vacation (and your weekends)!
Do what you love
One of the best ways to get out of work is to choose activities that you enjoy. In short, activities that make you feel good and engaged.
Ask yourself: what do I really want to do?
For some, it’s relaxing in front of the fireplace with a good book, for others, it’s going snowshoeing, listening to Ciné-Cadeaux with a hot chocolate or going on a trip to the South!
The key is to choose to reconnect with yourself and what makes you happy.
Give yourself time off
The biggest challenge in getting the hang of it? Give yourself the possibility to live in the present.
Think about it. How many times did you overdo it during the holidays? How many times have you been stressed by lack of time or by unpleasant surprises?
I invite you to give yourself more free time in your holidays. Real free time! You will find that you will be happier and more relaxed. After all, the best moments are often unexpected. Let life surprise you!
Cut yourself off from work
Nothing ruins a vacation like receiving urgent emails! It is important to ensure that our colleagues or clients have as little contact with you as possible during the holidays. Your goal should be to close (or look at less often) your notifications and thus think less about work.
Another trick to better work on the holidays is to give ourselves a few days to dive back into our files when we return. It can be appealing to arrange a series of meetings on the first day after the holidays, but it is often a source of unnecessary stress. Knowing that we will have time to organize ourselves once we get to work is healthier than spending New Year’s Day planning to go back to work!
In short, to get off the hook, you have to take the time and the means to let yourself go in the moment. In addition to making your holiday break more enjoyable, you’ll be in better shape when you return to work!