The pace of 21st century life is hectic at the best of times. Constant connection, overwhelming amounts of information and social pressures from every angle. And in 2020, “work from home” added a whole new dimension. While it certainly had some positives, the risk of isolation and the expectation of 24/7 availability was very real.
Of course, you can’t pour from an empty cup. It’s important to take a break, recharge and reconnect: the Christmas / New Years holidays provide an opportunity to slow down and take a breather.
How You Can Recharge for the New Year
It’s really important to practice self care. At a minimum, think about your physical and mental wellbeing.
- Sleep and Rest – while the exact amount you need will vary, you should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a day and set a regular routine.
- Diet and Nutrition – take a deeper look at your diet and try to do the right thing.
- Exercise – exercise and stretching is incredibly important. Getting out of that office chair is doing you wonders too!
- Your own self-care – maybe its a swim in the ocean, a walk in the forest, a warm bath or a new skin care routine, there are many opportunities to recharge physically over the break.
- Fun – take some time to do something (or many things!) you enjoy. Make it a conscious decision.
- Reflection – look back on the year that was and make some plans for the future!
- Digital Detox – do you need a break from technology? Even a few days where you invest your time elsewhere might give you the reset you need.
- Meditation and Mindfulness – take some time out to clear your mind or practice gratitude.
- Creativity – create something, whether its drawing, writing, photography or building that project that’s been sitting in the back of your mind.
A Personal Take on Getting Reinvigorated for 2021
Here’s how we’re hoping to recharge at iyarn these holidays:
Looking Back on a Unique Year
2020 was different! We’ll be reflecting back on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of 2020 as we look ahead to the new year. We’ll also reflect on the areas of life that are most important to us and what we want out of the upcoming year.
Balancing our Commitments over the Holidays
This year saw much fewer commitments for Christmas parties, but we’ll be keeping a check on our other commitments too. Taking time out is really important and will ensure we come back in the New Year, raring to go.
Reaching Out and Connecting
We’ve carved out time for a few treasured activities over the break and spending time with people we’ve missed. While it’s not possible to do that with everyone we hold near and dear, we think we’ve struck a pretty good balance.