Summer is in the air, many of us are looking forward to taking time off away from our desks and enjoying well deserved holidays doing different things, catching up with family, friends and maybe simply to have a good time. Yet, we all know in modern times that total withdrawal is not possible for everyone or even easy to do when are super connected through our modern companions; cell phones, email and social media.

Taking a break is a fantastic opportunity to recharge ones’ batteries and get ready to go back to the workplace with a fresh mind, focused and dive deeper into productivity. However, is everyone able to do this? Someone once said to me “I need a holidays after the holidays, I had so much to do and couldn’t really disconnect”. So I was left wondering, what really happened during the holidays?

Research has highlighted some of the benefits of taking a real break when on holidays include gaining physical and mental health alleviating stress, improving productivity and creativity.

Our body and brain gets a rest. Being away from work clears the brain and gives it space so that we can see the world in a different way and get re-energized. With new-found energy, we have more to give to our clients, our family and ourselves. No doubt about it, holidays are good for our body, mind and soul.

Successful organizations constantly strive to develop high performing teams, and maximize their effectiveness on all levels.

Here are some tips to help you and your teams recharge, recalibrate and re-energise during your holidays and time off:

  • Start the day with connecting to yourself: A few minutes of “alone-time” can help relieve stress and improve relationship with yourself. According to The Centre of Stress management, a morning walk, stretching excises, yoga or meditation each morning can help to reconnect with yourself and alleviate stress and anxiety.
  • Plan carefully – We often tend to plan for many activities during holidays time. Make sure you plan carefully not to overdo things or catch up with all what you were not able to do, so that you can enjoy your holidays.
  • Set boundaries to feel calmer – In today’s world, let’s face it, it’s impossible to completely disconnect from work. Turning your phone off may not be realistic for everyone. Before leaving for your holidays, you may want to decide the time and duration that you’ll spend for work related matters. For example, starting the day (after connecting with yourself and having breakfast) with checking your emails and sort that has to be sorted, then go off and enjoy the rest of your day!
  • Get more sleep to re-energize: According to research by sleep deficit is a performance killer. Getting adequate sleep benefits your heart, helps one to live longer, and stimulates creativity, sharpens your attention and more. Studies have shown that sleep plays an important role in the consolidation of memories, particularly for recalling facts and figures, i.e. declarative memory[1].
  • Spend time with your relationships and practice Mindfulness: Holiday season is where we spend time with our family and loved ones. When spending time with our family and loved ones, let’s be present. Dr Marlynn Wei, a board-certified Harvard and Yale-trained psychiatrist encourages us to use Mindfulness[2] during the holidays and shares some of her tips on how to bring peace and calm during holidays.
  • Indulge in moderation: There’s always so much temptation to indulge in good food and drinks etc. of which keeps us well upbeat into the holiday mood! However you choose to do it, be sure it will not make you to feel guilty about your choices after the holidays!
  • Stay Active during your holidays: A bit of exercise will keep you feeling energized and rejuvenated during your holidays. Taking time to do some physical activity has amazing benefits for example improves cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, improves sleep quality and many more.

Have a fabulous well deserved holiday season!

After enjoying your holidays, come and join us and learn more insights at our Career Development Programmes: Key to Personal Effectiveness.

 

[1] Potkin KT, Bunney WE Jr (2012) Sleep Improves Memory: The Effect of Sleep on Long Term Memory in Early Adolescence. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42191. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042191 – http://mitpe.mit.edu/uploads/pdfs/Sleep%20Benefits.pdf

[2]  https://marlynnweimd.com/

 

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Alexia Muteke Ceppi Senior Consultant

Alexia Muteke-Ceppi has been in the field of international and hospitality education for the past fifteen years. As a senior consultant, she focuses in Business development, training and coaching of executives within the hospitality and service industries. She has designed and delivered courses in Leadership around the world.

With Lausanne Hospitality Consulting, Alexia is a Senior Consultant, delivering executive education programmes and consulting mandates in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Kenyatta University, Kenya and an MBA, Business School Lausanne, Switzerland.