December is one of those months which can be hectically busy with end of year work; trying to get those goals for 2014 met; socialising (both work and personal); and planning for 2015. Plus, of course, trying to get work out of the way so you can have time off over Christmas. And with all the busy ness comes all kind of pressures - mental, physical, emotional.
In the midst of rushing around like headless chickens, it is very important to use the Christmas break to carve a little time out for yourself to just put your feet up and relax. As I have said before on this blog, getting some sleep is a major benefit both in the short and long term. This is true of everyone, but particularly self employed people as we are often so driven by how we think we should be behaving (12 hour working days, 7 days a week, etc.) that we forget that one of the most important contributions to a successful working life is to look after ourselves.
Christmas is a good time to catch up on sleep and rest. It is also a great time to start building in some good habits for the New Year. Listen to your body; when does it naturally want to go to bed at night? Does a 10 minute nap in the afternoon boost your energy? If it does, can you fit it into your schedule when you get back to work (especially if you do have a late night ahead)? Or does a short meditation work better for you than a snooze? This is the time to try out some of the great apps out there.
We know Christmas can be a time when we get carried away with over eating, drinking too much, being pulled by other peoples’ agendas and generally trying to cram too much in. But the holiday flies by so quickly, so don’t forget to make sure you have some time for doing absolutely nothing, whether that is a good sleep or an afternoon on the sofa with the phone and computer off watching ‘The Great Escape’. Again.
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