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How to relax over the Christmas and New Year period as an ADI

Here are five tips for making the most of Christmas and New Year's as a self-employed ADI:

Car at Christmas, by Sonny Mauricio

1. Set boundaries

It can be tempting to take on extra lessons or work during the holiday season to make some extra cash, but it's important to set boundaries for yourself and make time for rest and relaxation. This means setting limits on how many extra lessons you're willing to take on and making sure to schedule in time for rest and leisure. Remember that it's okay to say no to extra work, and take some time off if you need it. Your mental and physical health should always come first.

Setting boundaries can also mean setting limits on how much time you spend on work-related tasks during your time off. It can be easy to get caught up in responding to emails or scheduling lessons, but it's important to disconnect and truly relax during the holidays.

2. Plan ahead

If you do decide to work during the holidays, try to plan your schedule in advance so that you can balance work and time off. This will help you stay organized and avoid feeling overwhelmed. By planning out your schedule in advance, you can ensure that you have time set aside for rest and relaxation, as well as for work.

Planning ahead can also help you make the most of your time off. If you know you have a block of time that you can use for leisure, you can plan activities or outings in advance, rather than trying to come up with ideas on the spot. This can help you make the most of your time and avoid feeling stressed or rushed.

3. Get outside

Fresh air and physical activity can do wonders for your energy levels. Take a walk or go for a hike, and enjoy the beauty of the season. Getting outside can help you clear your mind and de-stress, and the physical activity can help boost your energy and mood.

If the weather isn't conducive to being outside, there are still plenty of ways to get some fresh air and physical activity. Consider going to a gym or joining a fitness class, or even just stretching and moving around in your own home. The key is to get your body moving and take a break from sitting at a desk or behind the wheel.

4. Connect with friends or family

Spending time with friends and family can be a great way to recharge and refocus. Whether it's a virtual holiday party or a small gathering, make time to connect with the people you care about. Spending time with loved ones can help you feel more grounded and supported, and can provide a much-needed break from the demands of work.

If you don't have the opportunity to be with loved ones in person, consider scheduling a virtual gathering or catch-up call. Even a quick chat can help you feel connected and supported.

5. Reflect and set goals

Take some time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the next. What worked well for you in your business? What could you improve upon? What do you want to accomplish in the coming year? Setting clear goals will help you stay motivated and focused as you head into 2023.

Reflecting on the past year can also help you identify any areas of your business or personal life that may be causing stress or burnout. By setting goals and making a plan for addressing these issues, you can start the new year with a clear focus and renewed energy.

Summary & Tips

As a driving instructor, you have the opportunity to help your students navigate the roads safely and confidently - saving lives. As you head into 2023, remember to take care of yourself so that you can continue to be the best instructor you can be. After all, you're the steering wheel of success for your students!