It is Christmas again - take time off without stress
It is now Christmas again, which hopefully means a bit free time and relaxation.
Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to relax at their holiday. In an American study from 2018, it was found that 21% of the participants felt stressed during their holiday. This can obviously have negative effects when you expect to relax, and you have set off time to be with family and friends.
Unclear boundaries between work and free time can cause stress in many people.
To really be able to relax at your holiday, you as a team and as management need to respect that coworkers have time off, but there are also many things you can do yourself to relax in the best way possible.
Here are some tips on what you can do to relax better during your free time:
1. Prepare your stake holders that you take time off
Tell your coworkers and partners that you will take time off. Set the expectations right: you will not be reachable all the time and you might only check your emails a few times per week, and if something is super urgent they can send a text message. If you have someone as back up, mention this. Set automatic reply on your email, so that people who email you will know that you have time off and that you will not read emails every day.
2. Turn off notices on your phone
To really be able to relax, you both need time away from work but also time when you don’t think about work when you are free. Try not to use your mobile phone too often during your free time. Turn off notices, slack etc so that you don’t have to be reminded about work if you check your phone.
3. Be out and about
To be outdoors in nature has an incredibly positive effect on us to be able to relax. Take walks, runs, bike rides or do some skiing. Enjoy fresh air and nature. It will make you relax and think about something else.
4. Plan how to come back, before you leave
Many people focus on planning for how to take time off, but it is equally important to plan how to return to work. Make sure to have some space in your calendar during the first days you are back, so that you have time to catch up on emails etc. To have a soft start makes it easier not only to return to work, it also makes it easier to relax when you have time off. Then you will know that it probably won’t be that stressful during your first days back at work.