Unless you’re a Chicago Cubs fan, 2016 was a difficult year for many of us. But even though all the conflict, loss, and divisive politics have taken their toll, I can’t help but look back with pride at everything we’ve accomplished here at Viverae® over the past 12 months.
For us, 2016 has been all about progress and positive change as we’ve worked endlessly to deliver a next-generation, mobile-first experience to our clients. Not only did we complete the development of our new mobile app and launch it on both Android and iOS devices, but we also implemented a complete refresh of our online wellness portal, and gave our member-facing communication pieces a nice facelift. If you take a moment and look back at your own accomplishments in 2016, I’m sure you’ll find much to be proud of as well.
While there’s undoubtedly much more to be accomplished in the months ahead, I think we all could benefit from some much-needed R&R to help us decompress, unwind, and refocus, so we can kick off the new year with some energy and momentum. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you get into chill mode and avoid end-of-year burnout.
Take Your Vacation Days
According to a recent report by Project: Time Off, American workers gave up about 658 million vacation days last year; the highest number that they’ve ever reported. That’s an absolute tragedy, especially when you consider that 222 million of those days can’t be rolled over, paid out, or used for any other purpose. Looking at those stats, it’s not hard to see why so many of us are stressed out. If you’ve earned some vacation, you owe it to yourself, your family, and your company (yes, people who take time off are more productive) to take advantage of that time.
The rise of mobile technology has led to some amazing innovations in recent years (*cough* the Viverae app *cough*). Unfortunately, this increased connectivity has also made it difficult for many of us to step away from work. If you’re one of those people who can’t go five minutes without checking email or texts, then maybe it’s a good idea to party like it’s 1979 and leave the smartphone behind while you’re off the clock. Don’t worry, that work will be there waiting for you when you get back.
Toss the Itinerary
Visiting a new city, state, or country is a great way to unwind after all the hard work is done. But sometimes that exciting getaway can be just as stressful as busy season in the office as we panic over strict itineraries and travel plans. Instead of stressing out on your time off, forget about that schedule and plan on enjoying the moment. Wherever you are, take in the sights, the sounds, and the local culture of the area around you. It’s your time, enjoy it.
Get More Exercise
Believe it or not, exercising is proven to lower stress levels, reduce anxiety, and give you more energy. That’s because working out gives you time to unplug, recharge your brain, and focus on the task at hand. All of that can translate to increased productivity at work, in addition to the numerous other health benefits that come with increased physical activity. If you’re a Viverae client, why not start a Peer Challenge with your co-workers to get everyone up and moving before the end of the year?
In the quest to get everything done, it’s so easy to burn yourself out if you’re not careful. If you find yourself going through the motions at work and counting down the hours until the end of the day, then perhaps it’s time to take a vacation day before you become physically, emotionally, and/or mentally exhausted. As we approach the end of the year, there’s no better time to take some time for yourself, rest up, and refocus, so you can have a productive and prosperous 2017.