It’s the time of year for quiet reflection and appreciation for those who have helped make our year successful. At UK2.NET, we know that it is our loyal clients who keep our data centre lights on. For this holiday season, we would like to say thank you and offer some helpful tips on how to truly enjoy this festive season.
The holiday season is a time of joy and family, but can also be a time of worry and stress. We often look to the faces of children for the excitement and wonder that the holidays bring. However, kids shouldn’t be the only ones enjoying the holiday season. We should all learn ways to capture the magic of this festive time. Below you will find helpful tips on how to love the holidays like we all did when we were children:
Examine your expectations
In a world full of brightly coloured ads and beautifully displayed storefronts, it is easy to create an idealistic view of the holidays. Rather than being disappointed in the various aspects of your holiday, try to approach the season without expectations. Instead, focus on the gratitude you have for commonplace aspects of your life. Consumerism has trained us to look for what we want, but we will all be better served by looking at what we have.
Leave room in your schedule for flexibility
As the year draws to a close, it may feel like you are quickly running out of time to finish your 2018 to-do list. Rather than cramming what’s left to accomplish into the last few weeks, try to prioritise the most important tasks and save the rest for 2019. During your downtime, try to schedule less and leave room for catching up with old friends, and taking longer walking home from the shops. The holidays are a time for whimsy and serendipity, but it’s hard to notice these surprising elements while also hurrying to check off the next item on your list.
Give experiences, not presents
Remember as you hurry about purchasing gifts that, more often than not, an experience can be better than an item. Movie tickets, gift cards to restaurants, day trips to museums, and other activities can create more precious memories than the latest toy or gadget.
Create new traditions
The best part of being an adult is that you get to choose which silly traditions you want to keep and which you want to ditch. If you are coming up short on holiday traditions, consider creating your own. The fun in traditions is that they are entirely your own and the choice is completely yours. Decide what works best for you and yours, and run with them. If you decide to toss out the Christmas ham in favour of peanut butter sandwiches, then, by all means, go right ahead. Holiday ideals and standards can be stressful. However, once you’ve decided to carve your own tradition path, you can find fun and freedom in your reclaimed holiday spirit.
Keep priorities in check
While as much as we would all love to throw our computers in the bin and toss our phones into traffic, it’s not the best solution for enjoying the holidays. Taking a moment to catch up on email doesn’t make you the Grinch. Just be sure that work doesn’t get in the way of more important tasks. Nobody wants a thousand urgent emails to sort through come January, so instead prioritise carefully and enjoy the best of a balanced work/family lifestyle.