The build-up to Christmas is hectic, with the rush to get work finished off, the parties and the last minute shopping. All these activities can leave us feeling stressed and tired before the festivities have even properly begun.
It is important that we think about our wellbeing at this time of the year, to make sure we get the most out of time off at Christmas, and to have a good break, ready to start the new year feeling refreshed.
What do we mean when we talk about wellbeing? Wellbeing is subjective and it means different things to different people, but it’s about how we feel, how we think, our relationships, and how we find meaning and purpose in our lives.
It’s important we remind ourselves that Christmas doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’ or ‘just like it was last year’. As families grow and children leave home, traditions and rituals can change. Accepting family and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of our expectations, may help with managing any underlying tensions. A happy, relaxed Christmas will add to our wellbeing, and give a positive start to the New Year.
LawCare, the charity that promotes and supports wellbeing in the legal community, has some advice about how to get the most out of the holidays:
Try to take some time off
Screen calls and switch off the mobile. Don’t take calls from the office
Try to resist the urge to check email or only check email once a day.
If colleagues are keeping an eye on things, give them a good briefing
Enjoy spending time with family and friends
Relax and use the time off to catch up with old friends, get outside and have fun
However, at LawCare, we know that for some, the holidays can be a difficult time. If the thought of Christmas is causing concern and you need to talk, call our free, independent and confidential Helpline. It is open throughout the holiday period, including Christmas Day.
Call 0800 279 6888 or go to www.lawcare.org