The global workforce is tired. For many, the 2020 festive and calendar New Year break feels like the finishing line at the end of a marathon we never signed up for. It’s a brief respite from a year of tumultuous change and uncertainty, but when we fast forward to the start of 2021, will things be any different? Are we heading into another marathon year?
While I can’t deny I feel a burst of adrenaline when I think about the positive changes ahead next year, there is still a lot of terrain to cover before we get there. As a multi-stage ultra-marathon racer, I often marvel at the body’s ability to run back-to-back marathons. The first day is often the hardest, yet somehow, on that second day, the body adjusts. The greatest contributor to this endurance is not solely a fortified body (i.e. no injuries, coping with blisters), equally important is the ability to keep a calm mind.
As we head to 2020’s imaginary finishing line, it’s worth remembering the importance of mental wellbeing, because how we rise out of the starting blocks of 2021 will largely be determined by how we control our thoughts and how we take advantage of this necessary and well-deserved time away.
Five (5) tips to de-stress and maximise this holiday period:
If staying up later is a treat for you when you’re on holiday, then enjoy a bit of late-night entertainment so you don’t feel like it’s just another workday.
Let’s set ourselves up for a successful 2021 by ensuring we get the downtime and restoration we need. The challenges of 2020 have strengthened our fortitude, and taking this holiday to unwind will mentally prepare us for the distance ahead.
Matt’s passion for wellness has driven every aspect of his life. He started, and has grown, ChapmanCG into the world’s premier HR search company, which he founded and has kept completely virtual since 2008. His passion around HR and the future of work has fuelled his desire to invest in HR technology concepts and also to co-create the Thrive HR Exchange.
He is currently in training as a Founding Participant in the epic Snowman Race in Bhutan. He is a finisher of six 250 km desert ultramarathons in Chile, China, Egypt, Antarctica, Namibia and Madagascar.
Matt now resides at Parihoa, his seaside farm in New Zealand, where he is attuned to virtual working and manages his global business interests from here. He is a Singapore Citizen and counts Singapore as his other base.
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