Christmas can do funny things to people. All year we look forward to taking a couple of weeks’ off (if we’re lucky) but when Christmas actually rolls around we often don’t know how to deal with it.
The very idea of not working is stressful, and we waste time checking emails or working on projects in order to get a headstart on the new year. All of this competes with the usual yuletide stresses of shopping, cooking, finances and family.
So why stress out over work?
Your office will stay standing without you. That person who emailed you can deal with your out-of-office message until you get back. You won’t be expected to come back after Christmas with evidence of massive progress.
For freelancers, switching off can be particularly hard. Turning down work can feel like you’re jeopardising your client prospects. But the reality is, you need to establish boundaries unless you want to burn out from your all-work-and-no-play lifestyle.
If you’re unemployed and looking for something new, Christmas can feel like a time to get ahead of the game. While it’s true that you can get a little prep done, it’s also important to take time just to be. Looking for work is a full-time job, complete with all the stresses and deadlines of a paid role.
So regardless of your situation, here’s what will actually benefit your career: take a rest.
That’s right: sit back, see family, celebrate with friends, eat and drink well, watch movies by the fire and enjoy the weird reality of having nothing to do. Take long walks and if you’re lucky enough to have snow, go build a bloody snowman!
Allowing yourself some time to recuperate and regroup will be a massive benefit to your whole being. Indulge yourself a little, reminisce, reflect, plan and then start the new year refreshed!
When you burst into 2016 rested and rejuvenated, you’ll be able to make the most of your work, your year and your life!
So do yourself a favour and turn off your phone, stay away from your computer, and have a beautiful, happy, restful Christmas.
Merry Christmas from all the gang at Jobspotting!