7 Ways To Relax During The Holidays (Even If You Have To Work)
1. Enable your out-of-office message, even if you are looking at email.
Putting your out-of-office message on lets coworkers know that you don’t feel obligated to reply to emails you receive. The expectation people place on themselves to respond immediately to communications and inquiries adds stress. Your out-of-office message takes some of the heat off you.
2. Share holiday “work” with friends and family.
When you have big work commitments, the last thing you might want to do is be responsible for doing holiday meal “work.” Consider asking friends or family members if they would like to share in the cooking to make everyone’s life easier. Have others bring over dishes so that you don’t have to spend the entire day cooking for Christmas dinner, Hanukkah dinner or to celebrate New Year’s.
Sharing holidays with others can lighten your overall workload. You can do your work that day and look forward to spending time with others afterwards.
3. Don’t set your alarm.
On work days, people usually follow a schedule. Alarms help people stay on schedule. Alarms also can be stressful. You may be dreading the work ahead.
Give yourself one day to allow your body to wake up when it wants to wake up. Allow yourself to appreciate the start of your day and not rush.
4. Don’t look at your phone first thing in the morning.
Avoid your phone when you wake up. Keep your phone away from your bed so you can’t reach it, or turn it off.
Technology stimulates your brain. Reading emails, news or other information on technological devices can excite you, disappoint you or stress you out. Try to ease into your day without the stimulation of technology and strong reactions.
5. Get outside and move.
Many people tend to put physical exercise on the back burner because they don’t feel like they have the time. During the holidays, make the time. Go for a run in the morning or a walk in the afternoon. Get some fresh air. You have the time, but you have to want to do it.
6. Enjoy your breakfast.
Many people also do not make time for or rush eating breakfast. They feel stressed and want to start work as soon as they can.
It’s the holidays. Work can wait 30 minutes, 45 minutes or an hour. Slow down. Enjoy your food. Go to your local coffee shop. Catch-up with the news online or in print. Have control over your schedule, at least at the start of the day.
7. Commit to some family time.
If you have to work during the holidays, designate time to spend with your loved ones. Commit to having a meal with them. Carve out time to watch a football game or go see a holiday show with them. You do not have to spend all of your time during the holidays with family and friends, but make an effort and be intentional about spending time with people. Even if it may not be important to you, it may be important to others. Give your family the gift of your time.
Take steps to decrease your stress levels and do something different than your normal routine. Connect more with people and your surroundings and less with technology. Do things you are unable to do or feel rushed during a usual business day. Take advantage of the holiday lull, and allow yourself to take a break.