This year saw influential business leaders take a stance on the importance of incorporating more rest into our lives. Author Arianna Huffington uses her experience with work burnout to encourage individuals to create better sleep habits, while Author Cal Newport advocates for less time on social media to give our minds a break.
As we approach the holidays and exit the office for a few weeks, it’s time to think about how we’ll rest and renew for the year ahead. Dale Beermann, co-founder of Pacifica, says we shouldn’t feel guilty about taking this time to recharge. But, he says, it’s also important to be purposeful about how we spend our days.
We asked Beermann and two other senior executives at the helm of growing businesses to share their number one way to unwind during the holidays:
“I hole up at my mom's house drinking wine (or coffee with Baileys) and catching up on Netflix.”
Erin Bury manages digital agency 88 Creative in Toronto, and says over the holiday her routine is a lot more leisurely. “It’s not as productive...but it sure is fun!”
“We watch a season of The Good Wife every holiday season, and this year we also have Scandal queued up. It's a great chance to catch up with my mom, stay in comfy clothes for five days straight, and just relax.”
Sometimes we need to give our minds and bodies a break. Bury’s change to her morning routine is an example. Her regular weekday routine is to wake up at 6am, go for a 50-minute run, and be at her desk by 8:30am with a healthy smoothie for breakfast. “Over the holidays I leisurely wake up at 9 or 10am, start the day with a Baileys and coffee, and toss back some eggs and bacon.”
“...I try to make the sure my free time is being spent in a purposeful manner.”
For Dale Beermann, co-founder of Pacifica, a San Francisco-based company, being intentional about his time each day is important; that means putting his phone away more often. “Meditating early in the day helps me clarify how I'd like to use my time. So instead of just trying to set my phone aside and unplug, I fill the time where I would otherwise be easily distracted with something that I truly want to accomplish.”
Like Bury, Beermann says he doesn’t strive to have much of a routine over the holiday, and takes the time to recharge. “Over the holidays I like to spend time with friends and family or focus on the hobbies I've been neglecting. I try to avoid spending all of my time on the couch, for example, despite it seeming like it can be the most relaxing thing at the time.”
“I exercise more.”
Afshin Mousavian continues important elements of his weekday routine like reading and exercising, but approaches both activities a little bit differently. “I either increase personal training sessions or take on a class like Greco, high intensity 45-minute workout sessions,” says Mousavian, vice president of business development and partnerships at ecommerce firm Demac Media. “This is really awesome because it helps me burn off all the extra calories we all take on, and nothing can turn off your mind better than an intense workout.”
He says he replaces the time he would be allocating to reading emails to more time reading and listening to audiobooks.” As he calls it, “#InboxNotZero.”
How are you most looking forward to unwinding during the holidays?