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How many of you can actually hold your hands up and say you’re taking a needed break this Christmas? I bet not many of you can!
Perhaps you’re working in retail or food this Christmas, maybe you’re still studying for university or your exams, perhaps you’re a freelancer like me and can’t afford to stop your business from running for a few days, it’s understandable that you feel as though you can’t take a break this Christmas.
But even if you feel like you can’t take a break, maybe this post will remind you the importance of taking a break at some point soon, even if it’s only just a small one. And for those of you who haven’t got any commitments as such, this is your no-excuse reminder to actually take a break this Christmas because you bloody well deserve it!
So how do you actually take a break this Christmas?
1. Acknowledge the fact that you do actually deserve it
There are no if’s or buts with this one. No matter who you are or what you’ve done this year. You deserve a break. Even if you recently had some time off or you’ve had a somewhat quiet year, you still deserve to have a break at Christmas. It’s a great chance to unwind and reflect from the year whilst preparing for a new one.
The only way you’re going to be able to give yourself permission to actually take a break this Christmas is by acknowledging the fact that you do actually deserve it.
So next time you think ‘Oh but I shouldn’t’ replace it with ‘oh but I totally should’.
I haven’t actually had a good few days off since June and I’m desperate for it. So I’m so ready to actually make this break happen!
2. Plan some fun things to look forward to
No matter how big or small plan some fun things to look forward so you can actually make your break happen. It gives you a chance to step away from checking your emails, having your head stuck in a textbook or feeling like you have to get through a to-do list.
Instead, schedule in some fun things. Maybe you could schedule in a pamper night one evening to up your self-care or a Christmas movie night in on Netflix with a glass of wine and some festive foods. There’s also the option of going out like ice skating, a wintery walk, drinks at the pub, carol singing, visiting the Christmas market and so many other festive fun related activities.
I haven’t got much planned this Christmas but what I do have planned is giving me the chance to have some time away from the usual day to day activities and giving me something fun to focus on. We always go to the Christmas Eve carol service and schedule in games nights.
3. Switch off from your technology
Christmas is the perfect time to have a social media or technology detox. Whether you spend a day or a few days away from your screen, it can be a great way to have some time to live in the present moment, away from the online world and focus on what’s going on around you.
I’m definitely going to try and have some time away from my screen this next week. It’s so important to do so especially as I work a lot from the screen. I always need that time away and it’s always good for your mental health to have that break from the noise that can be social media.
So why not put your out of office on and delete those social media apps for a few days?
4. Be nice to yourself
Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to enjoy the festive period or to feel a particular way. There’s nothing worse than trying to force something when you’re just not feeling it. Instead, be kind to yourself. Take some time out to work on your self-care and making yourself feel good.
Or if you really enjoy the festive period then embrace the festiveness and do what makes you happy. It is your break after all so enjoy it however the hell you want to. I definitely try to go with how I’m feeling rather than trying to be a particular way. It’s always best to trust yourself!
5. Rest and recharge
As I mentioned before, Christmas is at the end of the year and because we’re coming to the end of the year, it’s a great chance to rest and recharge from the year. Coming into a new year, you want to feel as recharged and refreshed as possible so you can go into it feeling your best.
I always find the end of the year a really reflective period where you can just digest what’s happened during the year and some thoughts you have coming into the new year. That’s always a lot to process so having some quiet time to just unwind is a must need.
So use the Christmas break to rest as often as you can. Get in those early nights. Take those naps. Have lazy days where you don’t do anything other than eat and watch cheesy Christmas movies. Keep yourself hydrated and well taken care of so you can recharge and get energised again.
How are you taking a break this Christmas?