We’ve all been through a lot over the last two years and after these challenges, we’re more ready than ever for a break over the holidays. Despite needing that downtime to recharge and reset, many of us still struggle to leave work at the office when we take time off. And that’s especially true for folks who have been working from home and the lines between work and home life have become blurred.
Psychologist Jaimie Bloch shares tips for switching off work mode so you can actually rest this holiday season.
- Set expectations- Before taking off for the holidays, talk to your team about expectations regarding work and communication while you’re away. Make sure everyone understands who’s available if and when required.
- Turn off work notifications- After being constantly on alert and available, it can be tough to break that habit. But when you’re on vacation from work it’s hard to relax when you’re focused on the distractions back at the office, so switch off all work communication platforms, especially on your phone.
- Find ways to consciously unplug- This one may be more challenging than it sounds, but it could include tech-free mornings or no phone zones or doing yoga.
- Plan to do things you love- Make the most of your break by filling the time with activities and people you love. Maybe it’s going to the movies with your kids or meeting a friend for lunch that you haven’t seen in a while. As long as it brings you joy, add it to your to-do list.
- Make time for reflection- Look back at the last year and be honest with yourself about what was working and what wasn’t. This can help you set some flexible goals for the coming year centered around your health, mental wellbeing and how you can set yourself up for success. That way when the New Year rolls in, you’ll feel prepared, relaxed and ready to face it.