How to switch off on your annual leave

Christmas is right around the corner, and that means you probably have some annual leave coming up! 


Make sure to step away from work completely, it will help you return refreshed and motivated. 


Not sure how? Don’t worry, we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeve. Carry on reading to find out how to switch off on your annual leave. 


Work emails and calls 


There’s nothing worse than the monotone buzz of your phone going off every 5 seconds at the dinner table. Do your mental health a favour and turn it off for important occasions such as Christmas dinner, catch-ups with friends and downtime. This way, you won’t be tempted to reply to work emails or pick up the phone when you’re off duty. 


Avoid worrying about work/caseloads


On a similar note, try to avoid thinking about work or any work related stressors and enjoy your time off! Doing something you love such as reading, writing, cooking, dancing or watching a Christmas classic is a great way to stop your mind from wandering. 


Take time to rest


We know Christmas is a very busy time of year and there’s probably a lot of faces you want to catch up with – but make sure you also put aside some time to look after yourself. Whether that means putting on a face mask or attending a zumba class, self-care has been shown to drastically reduce stress and boost your mood. 


Spend time with friends and family 


Spending time with your friends and family over the festive season can massively benefit your mental wellbeing and allows time to build stronger relationships. As a social worker, it can be hard to accept help; especially when you’re used to caring for others 24/7 but make sure you allow yourself to be looked after during your break and don’t feel guilty for it! 


Social Personnel wishes you a relaxing break – make the most of it! See you in the new year. 


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