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Take a break: Relax, Rejuvenate and Recharge During the Holidays

Take a break: Relax, Rejuvenate and Recharge During the Holidays

Take a break: Relax, Rejuvenate and Recharge During the Holidays — Kaylaa T. Blackwell

Take a break: Relax, Rejuvenate and Recharge During the Holidays — Kaylaa T. Blackwell

Are you the type of person who has a tough time settling down during the holidays? Do you dread this time of year because you find it next to impossible to do the one thing you desperately want and need to do: relax and spend time with those important to you?

As a person with some type A personality traits combined with a workaholic nature, I admit that taking a break often leaves me feeling very strange. I have a hard time untangling myself from emails and phone calls, even as friends and family urge me to relax. The truth is, I find it initially stressful to gear down to enjoy my time off and need to pace myself. Just when I get into the holiday spirits—the perfectionist in me comes out and I stress out over gift buying, decorating and attending parties. Do you find yourself getting caught up in the frenzy without feeling any of the “warm fuzzies” of the season?
According to a study done by the American Psychological Association, stress tends to increase rather than decrease for most of us during the holidays. All of us can use a few tips on how to escape the hype of the holidays and concentrate on relaxing, rejuvenating and recharging during this time.

Change it up

Your ritual can cause stress any time of the year, let alone when you are trying to keep up with your regular schedule during the hectic holiday activities. Change it up and disrupt your normal routine: eat dessert for breakfast or plan a fun event with your family or friends. You can shock your subconscious into relaxing into holiday mode by going completely non-routine.

Plan for wellness experiences

If sitting at home and zoning out doesn’t appeal to you, then schedule some much needed relaxation. Rejuvenate yourself with a spa day or even cultivate connections by planning to spend that day with those close to you. Make time for exercise, which can have an antidepressant-like effect on you while at the same time, eases muscle tension. Even taking time for a quick walk around the block can help boost your mood, which will help you to relax.

Don’t go overboard

Don’t fill your down time with nonstop holiday parties and happenings. This can keep you from getting some well-needed downtime at home. Try to schedule only two more manageable goals a day—this will help keep you in “break” mode. Getting these few things done each day will keep you satisfied and also allow you to relax at a more leisurely pace.

Put it into perspective

The key to enjoying and relaxing during the holidays may be found in the way you perceive them. Adjusting your attitude and your expectations can make all the difference. Keeping a positive attitude will allow you to be more open to the opportunities around you for affirmative, renewing experiences. When you feel yourself getting caught up in the hype, remind yourself that the goal is to chill out and have a good time. Not everything has to be an event!

Keep work at work

Don’t let your work obligations seep into your holiday break! I have found the best way to do this is to power down my phone and unplug my computer. With all of the access to today’s technology, it is too easy to get sucked into the bottomless pit of work while trying to relax. Switch off those push notifications and take a real break—you deserve it.

Most people say spending time with family and friends is what they look forward to most during the holidays. Here’s to spending this season relaxing, rejuvenating and recharging!

Make your togetherness with family and friends fun and stress free

Make your togetherness with family and friends fun and stress free

“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” — Alan Cohen.

Happy Holidays to you and yours when it comes 🙂 ~Peace and Love  ҉   ♥ ∞

 

Credits: Creative Commons images courtesy of Paul Cooper (1st image) and geir tønnessen(2nd image).

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Kaylaa T. Blackwell is an IT Professional working @ Itron, Inc. and a student @ Southern New Hampshire University with a penchant for writing, researching and helping others resolve real world issues. She has a great interest in technology, business and psychology and how they impact each other. Learn more about her here.

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5 Comments

  • December 24, 2015 at 2:01 am Afrika Bohemian

    I am one of those people who had planned lots and lots of me time activities but alas I am still at work and will be working throughout Christmas eve. But its not too late, they is time yet to relax and give me some little love because I really am feeling depleted. Thanks for the reminder

  • December 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm Inspired Beacon

    You’re welcome Afrika. If you feel depleted, you probably won’t be able to give your tasks the attention they need when you return to work. So do take that ‘me-time’, don’t neglect yourself, you worked hard and deserve it. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, relaxing Holiday! 🙂

  • December 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm dancingpalmtrees

    Fortunate that I got off early at work on Christmas Eve. Balmy temps in New York City yesterday and today. I’m having a warm relaxing wonderful Christmas with my brother Stephen. Stephen is eating lunch. Funny, when we were kids we ran for the gifts under the Christmas Tree. Now as 50+ adults one is either running for the bathroom, food or falling asleep!! LOL!! Time and perspective changes everything!

    • January 22, 2016 at 11:21 am Inspired Beacon

      So true…that “time and perspective changes things” 🙂 . Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Hope you are enjoying your New Year so far 🙂

  • December 26, 2015 at 2:27 pm Inspired Beacon

    Lol! Thanks for the chuckle, dancingpalmtrees!

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