As work and business wind down for another year, most people are looking forward to a break. 

Even those around the world who do not celebrate Christmas will probably enjoy some time off. 

Whilst I do suggest using a bit of the break for review and planning, I also recommend you make time to relax, refresh and recharge those batteries. 

Even if you’ve had the most successful year, it will have been against a backdrop of global uncertainty and unrest. The news has rarely been positive. I know that’s not unusual but coverage has seemed particularly gloomy at times during 2021. 

So, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, do allow yourself time to relax. 

Give yourself a break from work. 

Give yourself a break from business. 

Give yourself a break from the household chores. 

Give yourself a break from social media. 

Give yourself a break from family stresses. 

You have earned it. Just think about all that you have endured and put into the past 12 months. Yes, you deserve something back. 

If you’re in the northern hemisphere it may be cold and wintery but that doesn’t have to stop you. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, there is even more incentive to get out and enjoy the weather. 

There are many ways to relax and have fun. 

Watch TV, Netflix or other Streaming Services 

If you’ve been working hard, you may not have had time to watch some of the programmes or series you enjoy. This could be your time to catch up or maybe pick out something from your ‘watch list’. 

I know from my time in the UK, that the festive TV schedule will already be underway. Classic films and holiday specials abound. 

With streaming services, there is just so much choice. Almost too much choice. As well as Netflix, you have Apple TV, Amazon Prime and Disney+. Your own country may have other channels and services to choose from. 

If TV is for you, go enjoy the screen feast. 

Visit the Cinema 

If you’ve not been for a while, you might fancy a trip to the cinema.  

There is usually something on and the big screen experience is very different to watching a film on the TV. 

When was the last time you were in a cinema or theatre? 

Listen to Music, the Radio or a Podcast 

Another good way to relax and unwind is to listen to your favourite music. Pick out a CD or stream an album from your mobile, tablet or laptop. 

Alternatively, turn on the radio and tune in to a channel you love. Put your feet up and enjoy. 

There are many good podcasts out there. My own Virtually Amazing show does provide learning on Microsoft Office and creating a life from professional assistant work – but it’s also got entertainment value.   

Go Walking 

Walking is good for you. Exercise, fresh air and a change of scene can work wonders. 

Take a stroll with your family. Catch up with friends. Even if you’re not one for the mountains and hills, there are plenty of places to go. The countryside. The coast. Country parks. Beaches. Parks. Riverside and canal paths. 

Walking is good for health and wellbeing. It can take your mind off things and lift spirits. 

Read a Book 

Whatever the weather, a simple way to relax is with a good book. You can choose from fiction and non-fiction. 

Are you into thrillers? Romance? Comedy? Biographies and autobiographies? Historical novels? Psychology? Smart thinking books? Whatever you enjoy there is plenty of choice. 

Go Out for a Meal 

You might be attending an office Christmas meal or simply prefer dining for two. Eating out, with someone else cooking and doing the washing up, is a nice treat. 

How would you like to reward yourself? Do you prefer a fancy restaurant or a local bistro?  

Enjoy Extra Sleep 

Who says you have to do anything to relax? Just grab yourself an extra hour or two in bed. 

Enjoy the benefits of a good night’s sleep. You’ll know what your normal routine is. You could go to bed a little earlier or have more of a morning lie in. Another option is to take 15 or 20 minutes during the day for a reenergising nap. 

Good sleep helps refresh the mind and body.  


Another way to relax the mind and body is to meditate.  

There are different ways to go about it, from listening to a guided meditation to simply sitting, closing one’s eyes, and emptying the thoughts from your head. 

Browse and Dream 

You could also use some downtime to explore the internet and discover some things you may want. 

Perhaps list some ‘like to have’ items and imagine having them. If it’s affordable now, you could consider treating yourself to something on your list. Maybe The HUB will be on it? 

However, you like to relax and recharge, enjoy the break. 

If you’re celebrating it, enjoy a wonderful Christmas. 

P.S – I am starting work on a brand new program that will launch in Spring 2022. Planning is done and work is starting. To get to the front of the queue and get all the details about the launch of Microsoft Office Mastery for The Savvy Assistant – go sign up to the VIP Lounge. You will receive updates every so often and details about the launch – Click Here to sign up. 

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