Festive fun and a brain break

It’s the season to be merry, but there are other things to consider at this time of year. Like rest.

Holidays are a time for family, but don’t forget they are also valuable downtime in the darkest time of the year. (At least – that’s true in the Northern hemisphere.)

It’s been cold, damp and dark for a while. And doubtless you’ve been busy in the run up to the big day.

Give that brain a rest from whatever you do. The timings of your big meal are hopefully less stressful than the daily jobs at work. And, the difference is good. A chance to focus on relationships and maybe eat your own body-weight in mince pies!

In December, i thought i was coming down with something. I had started a new job recently, so i wondered if it was just new bugs in a new office.

Since i stopped work this year (downtime achieved!) i realised it’s just been an intensive period of learning in my new role. My brain has been under attack, not with illness, but with information!

It’s to be expected when you join a new place. People, process and culture to get the measure of. Lots to learn, clarify and consolidate. Most jobs don’t come with clear work instructions. I find writing your own with a fresh pair of eyes is also a worthy exercise.

Anyway, the holidays are here now. So… have fun, see your friends and family and don’t forget to rest up.

And Seasons greetings, merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Image credit: Toa Heftiba