3 Tips for Taking Time Off for the Holidays (Without Feeling Guilty)

The holidays are upon us. And while the season can be joyous – celebrating with friends, family attending parties, etc. – it can also be a time of stress. After all, as a healthcare professional, you know that the hospital or clinic runs 365 days, 24-hours a day, and the work doesn’t stop for a holiday. 

While hospital administrators, healthcare managers, and medical team leaders have a responsibility to encourage staff members to take a break, at the end of the day, you also have an obligation to yourself. In the end, it’s up to you to manage your stress levels, and arrange for time off, avoid burning out. 

During the holidays – when so many of the people around you are immersed in shopping, cooking, and celebrating – not taking enough time off from work can have huge impacts on your mental, physical, and emotional health. This will also harm your relationships in the hospital, clinic, or medical office – as well as in your personal life (remember, no one wants a “Grinch” in the family.)   

You might feel good that you’re a work hero by not taking holidays. But realize that taking time off from work isn’t just about your wellbeing. Refusing to take proper breaks isn’t the best thing for your teammatesemployer, or patients. 

So, with the holidays in full swing, here are three ideas to help you set aside some “me” time for this holiday season: 

Set a Schedule for What you Need to Complete Before the Holidays

Be honest with yourself and focus on what you consider your absolute “have to do” list before you leave. Share this list with coworkers as necessary. Doing so will free your mind and allow you to get away from the hospital, clinic, or medical office as guilt-free as possible.  

Delegate or Delete Tasks you’ll Never Get to or aren’t Important

Everyone has those nagging tasks that keep getting pushed to the bottom of the list.  Think of the upcoming holiday time off as the perfect opportunity to once and for all get them off your to-do list and free your mind in the bargain 

Reschedule Everything Else for After the Holidays  

Knowing you have a solid plan for taking care of things when you get back to the office will allow you to relax and enjoy your time off. Take a deep breath by not checking your emails while you’re away. Take that well-deserved holiday break and return to work in the new year full of fresh energy, ideas, and motivation!  

Adding it all Up 

With our current obsession and celebration of busyness, it can be hard to step away from your job at the hospital, clinic, or medical office. As a healthcare professional, doing your job is often linked to feelings of self-worth and achievement. But the holidays are a great time to step away, re-prioritize, and above all, savor your time with friends and familyPlan ahead, then relax and enjoy it!  

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