It is a wonderful time of year to connect with yourself and each other. It can also be a time of year that is challenging. Stress can start to pile up from end of year pressure, family trips, commitments, large to-do lists, and a growing need to prepare for the upcoming year.
Don’t be hard on yourself. When you commit to going to a holiday event, be conscious of the choices you are making. Choose to enjoy how you are spending your time and get out of your comfort zone.
When all else fails, lean on these three tips to get more out of your holiday events:
- Be present. With the holiday frenzy, it can be hard to enjoy the celebrations when you are trying to wrap up last minute projects and get approvals from others. Use this time to learn something new about the people you work with. When you ask someone a question, really listen for the answer. Don’t thumb through what you want to share or say next. Look people into their eyes and really hear what they are saying. They will remember how present you were with them – that’s a gift in itself.
- Step away from your usual suspects. It can be very tempting to spend time with the same people you are usually with at other company or social events. It is great to connect with them, and this is an opportunity to really spread your wings and expand your circle. Meet new people, and ask them interesting questions. Try: What motivates you? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What do you consider your biggest success this year?
- Don’t get too tipsy. Letting loose by having a few drinks can be a fun retreat, and yet, it can also take away from the experience. If you enjoy imbibing, make sure that you are pacing yourself. You want to remember the conversations and moments that occur during the parties. Do not do something you will regret. We have all witnessed these moments, and it is not fair for anyone on your team to be forced to.
What tips do you have for making the most of celebrations?