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How to forget work over the Christmas break

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After a busy and stressful year, when it comes to your Christmas Break LINKEDIN Schema Christmas break, you may find it difficult to switch off and unwind. Having down-time is proven to be beneficial for both your body and mind, so it’s important that, this Christmas, you make the effort to have a proper break.

Turn off your work phone

This first point is crucial to your Christmas holiday. Turn off those work mobiles and stop checking that inbox. Your home life is most important, and by spending your time off checking your emails, you’ll distract yourself from what truly matters. There comes a point when you have to disconnect, and Christmas is the ideal time to do it.

Spend time with family and friends

To fully forget the pressures of working life and looming projects, immerse yourself in activities with family and friends. Christmas offers an opportunity to catch up with loved ones and enjoy food, drinks and laughter: though be careful not to spread yourself too thinly, by trying to meet up with too many people on your break. This lovely element of Christmas doesn’t need to become a chore.

Catch some ZZZs

Sleep is the best way to recuperate after a busy year, and having a holiday means you can enjoy lazy mornings and extended periods of sleep. Sleep also helps your body to recover, so if you have been fending off the office germs or been feeling a little overworked in general, sleep is the perfect remedy. 

Meditation and well-being

If you are having trouble tuning out and relaxing fully, meditation could really help. Take a class while you have a few days off, or download an app like Headspace, which is free. Ten minutes of meditation a day can be extremely calming and help to improve emotional health. By getting into the habit while on your break, you can continue the practice once you return to work after the festive period.

Get a breath of fresh air

Despite the weather being fairly miserable over winter, a lengthy walk in the countryside has its benefits. If you have over indulged on food and drink during the Christmas holidays, get outside for an instant health kick. Out in the fresh air, surrounded by picturesque winter scenes, you are sure to get a clear head and forget about work. So, wrap up warm in those new scarf and glove sets, and head out into the wilderness.

Reading for pleasure

Reading work documents all day and dealing with repetitive admin tasks can leave us shuddering at the thought of reading anything extra, even if for pleasure. But why not use your holiday period to pick up a good piece of fiction or an autobiography, to reignite your passion for reading and relax your mind? Step into an alternative reality with the top reads of 2015.

Everyone deserves time off, so spend your Christmas with loved ones, eat heartily, enjoy your favourite tipple and appreciate your break. After all, taking a bit of time out will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for action in the New Year. 

This article was first published on 18th December 2015.

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