How to navigate your social and networking calendar in the lead up to Christmas

Navigating your social calendar and networking functions in the lead up to Christmas can be fun filled, but it can also prove challenging. You want to arrive at the 25th feeling well and in a space to enjoy the Christmas New Year period.

For many of us, the work year ends over the next week and we can focus on a well-earned break. A time to reflect on the year that was, to restore our mojos, to re-energise our minds and bodies and connect with those who are important to us.

Christmas decorations with social dimension of wellness

Our social dimension of wellness relates to our connection and relationships with others; our families, friends, colleagues and communities. 2020 has been a rollercoaster year and it’s important to be connected at this time. What we are hearing is that people are missing connection.  Travel restrictions could mean some are unable to connect in person with those who are important to them. Others in your team may be inwardly feeling lonely, with an empty diary craving connection. On the flip side, there’s those who are feeling overwhelmed. Trying to balance social engagements, family and other networking commitments while craving time out on their own – everyone’s situation is unique.

 

Celebrating the ‘end of the work year’ is an important opportunity to help your people feel connected and valued and helps create a sense of belonging at work. It is also an opportunity to thank everyone for a job well done especially in working through the COVID environment.

 

Navigation ideas:  

 

  • Plan and Prioritise. There’s no rule that says you or your team must attend every function or accept every invitation.
  • Set your own boundaries and expectations and let people know (in the nicest kindest possible way) so you can focus on your self-care. If you take care of yourself first you are more able to be present for your team, and have fun with family and friends on your terms.
  • While it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate the year end, we encourage business owners and employers to find ways to improve people’s wellbeing heading into the break. Celebrate the year end with fun and fellowship that needn’t have a financial cost for your staff members or be a burden on the boss. 
Social obligations vs. self care

There are so many learnings, rich experiences and positives from 2020 that help build our resilience,  hopefully making us a better person along the way.

One of the hallmarks of social wellness is being inclusive, not exclusive, with our friendship.

Laurie Buchanan, PhD
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