Have you ever felt the holiday was way-way to short and you could jump straight back into it? I know my children have that feeling when it comes to going back to school. I reckon many adults suffer from the same melancholy. Even though they do not go back to school, they still have to go back to work!
Many people may suffer from post-vacation blues after returning home or to a normal routine from a long vacation. This is particularly true if it was a pleasurable one. Post vacation blues may result in tiredness, loss of appetite, strong feelings of nostalgia, and in some cases, even depression.
Let’s face it, it’s been scientifically proven that getting back into our routine can lead to sluggishness and demotivation.
To survive this horrible “going back to the grind” feeling, here are some survival tips.
1. Embrace The Blues
Everybody loathes it when their holidays end. It’s one of the worst feelings because it means you need to put yourself back into a little box.
The first step to dealing with this rather grey mood is to embrace it. Understand that it’s
2. Prioritize Your Tasks
You will obviously have a lot of catching up to do; the key is to prioritize. Spend a good part of your morning sorting out what is urgent and what is not and get the most urgent tasks out of the way first. By throwing in a few tasks you enjoy doing, you will give yourself nice little breaks and make your day more enjoyable.
3. Dedicate the Previous Night to Your Inbox
The scourge of everyone’s existence is their work email. Just thinking about all the unread emails you have, probably gives you headaches. To make it easier, spend a couple of hours the previous night catching up on emails. Keep the ones that you need to look at or respond to, as unread or star them. This will give you a head start and will avoid starting your day off on the wrong foot.
4. Get to the Office Earlier than Usual
No, I’m not deranged, but leaving home earlier will help you avoid the anxiety that often goes hand in hand with commuting. It will also help you get some quiet time in the office. You will be able to make your coffee, tidy your desk and get everything in order.
5. Prepare for Work the Night Before
Select what you want to wear and make sure that it is clean and ironed. Find everything you need for work including your purse, bag, keys, etc. You would not want to get to work early and realize that you forgot something at home.
6. Set New Goals
When going back to work after the long December holiday or even a short break, it’s always important to go back into the workplace with new goals. The only way to keep from getting bored at work is if we have something new to learn and therefore, you need to walk back into the office with a new mindset. Identify an area in your sector that you’d like to master and go back to work knowing that you have a challenge ahead of you.
7. Wear Clothes You Like
Wear something you feel good and are comfortable in. The important thing is that you give yourself a nice little boost of confidence which will help you feel more energetic and prepared to take on any challenges that lie ahead.
8. Make Plans for Lunch
Avoid being stuck in the office for the entire day. Breaks are especially important when going back to work after an absence. They help revitalize the brain. Rather than eating a tasteless chicken salad in front of your computer, take an adventure outside the office.
Make lunch plans with your work friends. Don’t think of cutting back the calories, go all out and get dessert, as well as this, will be the highlight of your day.
9. Listen to Music
One of the most practical ways to help you combat the lethargy you will feel on your first day back to work is to listen to music. Find music that you enjoy and is not too loud to distract you either. The important thing is to listen to music that keeps you awake and also helps you concentrate enough to be able to do your work.
10. Catch Up With Your Colleagues
Obviously, you would rather spend your entire day with your friends and family instead of your colleagues. But, as getting along with your colleagues can significantly improve your overall work experience, it’s expedient that you do what you can do get along with them.
Make an effort to speak to everyone and catch up on office news, etc. If you have friends at work spend some time with them and tell them about your holidays. Simply talking to someone can help improve your first day back.