Unplug during the holidays
2018 December 17
With the holidays swiftly approaching, people are gearing up to spend quality time with family and friends.
As antisocial as you feel, surrounding yourself with loved ones gets you relaxed and takes your mind away from the stress and strain of work. Or it should anyways!
This is why choosing to be unplugged during the holidays can help make the season a little more enjoyable for you and your family.
Prepping to be unplugged during the holidays:
• Take care of work.
If you are taking a holiday break from work of any kind, make sure you “clean house” before you take off. Have emails answered, vacation response set, desk clean and projects completed to the furthest extent.
Keep the rest of your work team in the loop regarding your schedule, and set them up to succeed while you’re gone. Have files, documents and client information they may need easily accessible.
• Make a no-phone zone
Cut yourself away from all work apps! That means email, Slack and messengers of any kind! Power that business down!
A no-phone policy will help you to have a guilt-free vacation. Your family will thank you for it.
• Keep a notebook
If you’re a professional of any kind, ideas and tasks you must remember pop up all the time! Keep a pocket-sized notepad with you to jot them down as opposed to using your laptop or mobile device.
• Set a Timer
If work is unavoidable, set a timer for 25 minutes a day. This can help you enjoy your time off without any guilt of taking care of work.
• Try to be fully engaged in holidays
Wherever you are, be all there.
It’s so easy to get sucked into the distractions of social media, people often don’t realize they’re picking up the stress of others through it. Be happy in the present moment and feel grateful for whatever you have.
BENEFITS OF UNPLUGGING
• Increases the workability
When working long hours, stress comes easily and stress leads to severe health issues. When on a vacation and unplugging yourself, it will definitely help you rejuvenate every aspect of your life.
• Quality time with family
In today’s world, people are becoming less and less social. This only reciprocates adverse effects in many ways.
Humans are built to be social beings. As hard as it is for some, work hard to enjoy your time with the friends and family you don’t see on a regular basis.
• Health benefits
Mental stress directly correlates to physical stress. Relaxation is the key to a successful and healthy life.
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