This liminal period, this twilight zone between Christmas and New Year’s, is a great time for relaxing and reflecting. It is a blissful time of escaping and forgetting the week-in, week-out frustrations and disappointments of life in “Corporate Land”.
This golden period provides a little space for you to relax and start to reconnect to what really lights you up, whatever that may be at this moment in time. If, like me, Christmas relaxation begins and ends with cheese and a nap, that is totally valid, and I cheer you on!
Rest, rejuvenation, and nurturing ourselves can look like many different things.
Instead of seeing these pleasurable things as frivolous indulgences, perhaps consider them to be pieces of a puzzle. These puzzle pieces might be just the start of a different work life for you in 2024.
Let me unpack that a bit.
When we let ourselves relax, play, explore, and enjoy the world around us, we are naturally reconnecting with our inner compass, the one that leads us along our true path. Things that delight and spark curiosity and joy are points of reconnection to your body and true self.
Modern culture tells us they are frivolous indulgences because there isn’t a straight line from the activity to a measure of external productivity. So, it’s only in these holiday periods, when life slows down enough, that we may stumble across the joy these moments bring.
Now I’m not suggesting that overindulging on cheese and naps will revolutionise your work life (but then again…maybe worth a shot!). What I am saying is that noticing that these moments of relaxation and indulgent pleasure are actually useful and important data points is a game changer.
Validating and recognising this information source as an important one will pave the way to incredible and wonderful change in your work life and beyond. Learning to weave this information in with your analytical street-smarts will create amazing change – it may even feel a little magical.
This holiday period, bring your attention to what your body and spirit are asking for, and how it feels to nurture your body.
If this struck a chord with you, you can start here with my free holiday guide to resting, reconnecting, and recharging or follow me on the socials where I’ll be digging deeper into how to set yourself up for a more productive and meaningful 2024.