In Motion PT - December 2019

DECEMBER 2019

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DISCONNECTING FROM WORK DURING THE HOLIDAYS AND RECONNECTING WITH WHAT’S IMPORTANT

pretty good idea of everything you need to get done and when you'll have time to do it, your time spent with family will be more relaxed. It’s easy to take your tasks one day at a time, not really thinking about the days to come. But, if you want to really disconnect from your work responsibilities, you need to consider the weeks and months ahead. Setting Boundaries Do you have access to your work email from home? Any connection you have with work from your house has the potential to put your mind in work mode when you should be relaxing. To prevent your mind from drifting back to your work, set some boundaries with coworkers and clients. Maybe you could tell them you’ll only answer your phone until 6 p.m., or say you won’t look at your work email after you leave the office. Answering texts and emails may not seem like it affects how well you rest, but severing all connections with your work when you’re at home will allow you to relax much easier. Not Overcommitting Yourself It’s not always a bad thing to take on extra responsibility, especially if it shows initiative or saves you time later on. However, taking on too much extra

When some people take a break from their work, they’re content to just spend that time relaxing at home. For whatever reason, I’ve never been able to do that. When I need a break, unless I physically leave town, I won’t be able to disconnect from my work at InMotion PT. That’s why, in light of the Christmas season, I’ve set some time aside to get away from the office for a while. As we get older, it feels like we get busier, and it gets harder and harder to properly put our minds at ease and be present with family and friends. A couple months ago, I realized I was bogged down by work and not getting as much family time as I would like. I imagine this isn’t just a problem for me, and I think all of us have different ways we try to disconnect. With that in mind, if you’re struggling to disconnect from work during the holiday season and be both mentally and physically present with your family, you may want to try a few of these tricks. Planning Ahead This might sound like a no-brainer, but planning ahead is much easier said than done. You may not be able to predict every event that pops up on your schedule, but, if you have a

work can throw off your work-rest balance. Why take on extra projects during a season where spending time with family and friends is more important? This holiday season, focus on the responsibilities already on your plate and really think about whether the time you’re spending on extra projects could be better used resting up and being with family. mountains just disconnecting from our busy lives and reconnecting as a family. We pick a new spot every year, which helps me disconnect even more because it forces me to focus on my new surroundings. This holiday season, I hope all of you are able to find the best way to disconnect from work and reconnect with your loved ones. Happy holidays! For the past couple years, our family has spent a few days up in the

–Dr. Tom Bohanon

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