6 Steps to Switch off this Christmas

Switching off over the festive period is key for avoiding burnout as an employer. It’s important to give yourself a proper break – but for some of us, relaxation doesn’t come easy. Here’s some advice to help you make the most of the Christmas break.

Give yourself time to rest

Rest and recovery offers a range of benefits to our performance, productivity, health and well-being. Especially when so many of us are feeling burnout from our work – taking the time to wind down and relax throughout the holiday season is a great idea.

 

When we feel burnout from work, and stressed for the workload which awaits us… it can be hard to know what to start. In our opinion, we recommend starting with restful activities such as reading, being in nature, spending time alone and listening to music.

 

Switch off from technology

This one is important for reducing stress while giving your body a break. Give yourself a chance to settle while being strict with yourself. We recommend booking a time in your diary for when you will switch your phone off – and sticking to this.

Plan for a digital detox

Taking a break from technology holds many benefits. From providing a sharper focus to creating stress reduction and more control over your time. We understand that this is harder said than done for many employees, however.

 

With work playing such a large role in our lives, it’s only natural to feel fear towards falling behind or coming back to a mountain of paperwork. In this case, a digital detox is a great way to force yourself to switch off – and to leave your work emails behind for another day.

 

1.Lock it away
This is perhaps the most efficient way to get the most out of the experience. Of course, you have the option to turn on “do not disturb” mode, however it is this approach still enables the ability to scroll through your phone. In our opinion, the best approach is to set aside a time when your phone is locked away – and stick to it.

 

2.Find your boundaries.
Think about your e-life, and what it’s going to be like when you switch off. Are you planning on cutting yourself off from all emails, or just work emails? Consider which boundaries are necessary for you to receive the maximum benefits of your detox

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3.Schedule quality time
Time away from the screen, means you have more time to spend in front of your loved ones. Maybe this is the perfect time for an unplugged dinner, with the whole family enjoying the perks of detaching from technology.

Make a list

Take time to think about all the things you want to do rather than being constantly plugged in. This is particularly important for reducing burnout felt from work through realigning your focus. Reconnect with some of your interests, and rediscover the things you enjoy doing.

 

Specifically, think about the things you used to enjoy doing outside of work. Things you have been meaning to do, but just haven’t seemed to get around to. This is a great strategy for enabling yourself to enjoy your holidays while spending time doing the things you love.

Recharge in nature

One of the most powerful ways to de-stress and switch off is to spend time outdoors. Whether it’s a picnic, a jog or a day at the beach – enjoy the benefits time outside can offer.

 

Simply taking a deep breath of fresh air, noticing the serenity of your surroundings and listening to the birds around you can have immense benefits for your mindset.

Prioritise Sleep

Roughly 40% of Australians are struggling to sleep for 7-9 hours, and close to 60% struggle falling asleep and staying asleep. The holiday period offers the chance to recharge your batteries and develop some much-needed sleep habits.

 

Through doing this, not only can you improve your memory but also your mood, creativity and problem-solving skills – which is a great reason to at least try. Understandably, this may be easier said than done, which is why we’ve provided our top recommendations for relaxation techniques to improve your sleep.

 

1.Try an app with sleep-aiding features.
Depending on what works best for you, there are ample apps available to help you sleep better. From providing sleep stories to curating white noise and even sleep coaching programs. We recommend sleep cycle, headspace, and Noisli.

 

2.Try Meditations.
This doesn’t have to be as time-consuming as you’d think, with meditation being a great relaxation technique. All you need is a quick 10 minutes before bed to start your meditation journey. Start by scanning down through your body, looking for areas of tension and relaxation. Begin counting your breaths, 1 for in… 2 for out. If your mind begins to wander, bring it back to your breath.

 

3.Create a bedtime routine.
From start to finish, this routine should be focused on creating a sense of relaxation to give your body the best chance for great sleep. From eating light and healthy before bed to preparing to lower the lights and washing off stress in the shower. This routing is completely customised to you – and what relaxed you.

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