The holidays: Get ahead of the game while recharging
The holidays are a time to rest and recharge, but it’s also an opportunity to get ahead for the New Year.
Christmas is on its way and you may also feel a little conflicted. You’re looking forward to a few weeks of doing as little as possible because you know you need to rest and recharge, but you also think you should be doing something productive. Maybe you actually have deadlines first thing in the new year. Luckily for you, it’s possible to do both – and it’s also the best thing to do.
In this article, we’ll look at why you need to rest during your holidays, but also why it’s beneficial to balance that with a bit of work. Let’s go!
The importance of relaxation
While it’s always exciting and great fun, work can be a pressurised environment that takes its toll on your body and mind. When you have time off, as you do at Christmas, you need to release some of the pressure, which brings several benefits.
Firstly, when you relax, you recharge your batteries that are probably running pretty low after a hard year. Rest helps you revitalise your mind and body, so you can return next year feeling full of energy. Frequent periods of rest also help boost your creativity, helping you discover new ways to approach problems. Taking time off in this way will undoubtedly improve your performance once you return.
Next, relaxing lowers your stress level, which may be quite high after months of goals and deadlines. It’s so important that you manage your stress, as chronic stress can impact your body and mind. You will also struggle to do your best work if you’re stressed. So, take a deep breath and refocus your mind.
Finally, rest is good for you. It improves your health, particularly if you can get lots of sleep. Relaxing boosts your immune system (especially critical during the pandemic that we’re currently living through); it takes the pressure off your heart. Of course, it’s also essential for your mental health.
The flip side
On the other hand, it’s vital that you strike a balance between recharging your batteries and keeping on top of your priorities. Here are four reasons to stay active during your holidays and a reminder that a little goes a long way:
Firstly and perhaps most importantly, if you have deadlines that you need to complete, make sure you do them. Don’t spoil your quarter before it’s even started!
Next, you need to remember that your brain is a muscle that you need to keep active if you want it to perform to its top level. If you don’t keep your brain ticking over in the holidays, you’ll struggle to get started again when you go back to it. Performing well in your studies or in your work is all about developing routines, so getting stuff done becomes second nature.
Holidays are also a time to prepare for the next quarter so you can stay ahead of the crowd. A little bit of preparation before you start again can help in a big way, even if it’s only looking over your goals so you know what your next actions will be.
Finally, learning can actually be an excellent way to relax if you do it in the right way. Because there’s no pressure on you, you can develop skills you didn’t have the time for at your own pace and rediscover the fun of your work.
You can do it
Now you know why it’s important to relax, but also the benefits of not completely abandoning your work during the holiday period. The message here is that you can do it all. The Christmas holiday period is long enough for you to do a meaningful amount of work while recharging those batteries.
So, don’t feel guilty. Enjoy your holidays. Go to all the parties (if Covid restrictions allow), enjoy your presents, watch as many Christmas movies as you can stomach. But, also consider getting ahead of the curve with some preparation and also some actions. You’ll never have a better opportunity when all the pressure is off. Whatever you do now, however small, will serve you well in the future.
Now, all that remains is to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year – from all of us at SaaSLeads.
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