Do you feel like you are running on empty? The year has almost ended and we are in the midst of planning Christmas festivities, gifts, surprises, lunches, dinners, attending carols, holidays, short breaks away and making time for family and friends. Some of us may even be too busy and not even in a position to do anything for Christmas or plan for a summer break.
If you’re use to a busy schedule then it may take time for you to unwind and for some it may even take a good week before we start whilst for others it may take a couple of days. Most of us operate on adrenalin and resting will allow our adrenal glands to recharge.
This time of year it is always favourable to start planning next year’s goals and strategies. Reviewing and assessing your accomplishments over the past 12 months. This is the time to think about being practical and realistic.
Let me put things into perspective for you using Dr John Demartini’s logic. Time is irreplaceable, we have 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes per hour, 24 hours per day, 168 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. How are you filling your time? What is your most precious resource? Wasting your time could be viewed as actually wasting your life.
Some things to consider:
- How many years do you intend to live?
- Are you making the most of your time?
- Are you mastering pre planning your business life (your career)?
- Are you doing what you love doing?
- Do you know what is important to you and what you need to be doing more of
Regardless of your situation, if you are going on leave or resting at home I would like to share with you 7 key tips that highlight how to quickly unwind and enjoy your Christmas and summer break.
1) Switching off: Allow yourself to switch off. Your endless to do list is filled with actions, your strategy documented and in place so rest your mind. Have your break, don’t think about work, Go and enjoy yourself. When you return to the office you will be amazed with the results and your findings.
2) Create anticipation: plan an outing, something you have never done before, create excitement for yourself, call a friend or family member you miss or have not spoken to for a very long time and plan a catch up or just chat over the phone or on skype.
3) Set boundaries for yourself: don’t over think, don’t plan too and don’t do anything that will cause you concern or worry like over indulging with food or alcohol. Set your limits, set your boundaries and stick to them. If you need time for yourself, time to do a bit of work, time to play with your kids, time to do chores at home that’s fine, plan it and inform those who need to know this is what you will plan and factor in your day.
4) Eat well and exercise: drink water throughout the day at least 2 to 3 litres, make time to rest and chill out, sleep, smile a lot, plan exercise or movement daily or weekly do what you need to remain peaceful and happy. Eat well and enjoy your meals and events.
5) Breathe: Don’t forget to breathe, breathe from deep in your stomach, practice mindfulness immersing yourself into something you love or find grounding. Meditate even if you only have 5 mins, just meditate. The benefits come quickly. You will be amazed.
6) Be realistic: Plan what you know you can achieve, consider the needs of others and your loved ones, consider your financial requirements and don’t be too hard on yourself.
7) Shake it off: If anyone says or does anything you don’t like or may even offend you. Don’t worry about it. Let it go, smile, move, walk away, laugh, shake your bootie. LOL! Just let it go!
This is a very special time of year for me. It is special as I love the sun and hot weather, I love the meaning of Christmas, the joy Christmas brings, the ability to make others happy, taking time out, recharging, spending quality time with people I love and want to be with, the exciting anticipation the new year brings and celebrating my birthday early January.
I will leave you with one last comment from an extraordinary mentor of mine Domenic Commisso “Don’t enslave yourself to the success of your business by giving into your ego”.
Take care of yourself – only you can do this, remember to breathe and smile! Enjoy!
Yours in radiant festive spirits, Dijana Green – Founder and CEO Elevating Food Safety Pty Ltd