Useful tips on how to lose the holiday blues
It can be a challenge to regain a work-positive mind-set after a long and relaxing time off work. The entire purpose of a holiday is to r-e-l-a-x and forget about work, recharge and regroup. When we return to work it’s hard to pick up where we left off so here are some ideas that can help to speed up the transition from sun-worshipper to office oracle.
Ease into the routine
A few days before returning to work, consider setting your alarm clock for a time similar to the time your normally wake up for work. This will help to curb the back-to-work mental rebellion when the alarm goes off, and help ensure that your first morning back at work isn’t a bleak one. You should consider arriving at work earlier than usual to give yourself time to settle in before being pulled in different directions.
March on your stomach
Every day, make sure you start out with a hearty breakfast. It’s arguably the most important meal of the day and will set you up for the whole morning. None of that high sugar stuff either. Slow release carbs will help prevent flagging energy before lunch time. Make a point (pint?) of drinking plenty of water too. This can help you to feel more alert.
Create a barrier
Not a barrier between you and your colleagues! Create an obvious separation between your home life and your work life. On the way to work, this could be something simple like getting off the bus one stop early and walking an extra half mile. Or grabbing a newspaper before your commute, and reading some of it before you arrive at the office. The aim here is to create a clear mental disconnect between the life you live at home, and your role as an employee at work.
After a holiday your Inbox is likely to be full. There may also be voicemails and letters to respond to. From these, create a to-do list and prioritise the tasks into critical, urgent, medium, and the bin. Deal with them according to their importance but make sure that every item on the list receives your attention.
Manage the distractions
Your phone may be full of holiday photos and Facebook thumbs-ups, but on your first day back at work your phone is not your friend. It should be switched to silent mode and placed in a drawer until your lunch break. You’ll need to ignore it and power through the morning. Before you know it, it will be time for a cuppa. Make sure that you take your breaks, step away from the desk and give yourself time to recharge.
Be resolute. Get your focus on. Don’t procrastinate. In short time you’ll find that you’re back into the swing of things; and the day will fly by.
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