Going Back to Work After the Holidays

The dreaded moment has come - going back to work. Don't worry! With these helpful tips, going back to work will be easier than ever.

Last update: 14 December, 2020

Holidays can help you relax and charge your energy. However, some people have a hard time going back to work. This puts them in bad humor and can give them anxiety and insomnia. Does this ring a bell?

Psychologists call this post-vacation blues and it’s a resistance to going back to a routine, like work, for example. Here you’ll find some tips to help you get back to work after the holidays.

How to leave the holidays behind

Go back to your habits

After spending a few weeks without working, without routines, without a set schedule, it’s normal you don’t want to get back to your old routine. However, it’s important to go back to this as soon as possible. Do it step by step, keeping your eyes on the goal.

Good advice is to go back home a few days before you have to get back to work. This way, change won’t be too hard on you and you’ll still have a few days to enjoy your home.

Another key point is trying to exercise again. If you stop exercising during the holidays, get back to it. Little by little, you’ll see how everything goes back to normal.

Remember to rest

One of the biggest problems when going back to work is returning to your sleep routine. During the holidays, you stay up late, you get up late too and, when it’s time to get back to a sleep routine, your quality of sleep is affected.

A useful tip is that three or four days before going back to work, go to sleep early and at the same time. This way you’ll adapt to a sleeping schedule.

Going back to work and exercise

Start preparing yourself to go back to work so you won’t get anxious or stressed about it. Focus on the positive, do things that make you feel good to prevent apathy.

Exercising is important to keep your mind full of optimistic thoughts – it’ll help you sleep better, it’ll keep your blood pumping, and make you feel healthy.

Change things around

A good way to motivate yourself is changing things around the house. You don’t need to renovate your home entirely, just change a few things here and there to keep you motivated.

Change the cushion covers to transform your living room or change the furniture entirely.

Put a new rug in the living room, paint your pots with chalk, or decorating a hallway. This will feel like starting anew and it will help you go back to work in a more positive frame of mind.

Surround yourself with people you love

Lastly, reconnect with your friends, your family, your neighbors… They form part of your daily life and there’s nothing better than keeping in touch to remind yourself of how much you love life.

Talk about things, what you did during the holidays, make a lovely dinner and make the best of the good weather, if you can.

Being social and getting a good night’s sleep can make a difference. You’ll be happier and positive, focusing on the good things you’ll find when you get home from work.

Going back to work after the holidays isn’t always easy, but doing your part will help you get ready to getting back to this routine.

Remember the holidays were about charging your energy, so keep this in mind to feel refreshed when going back to work.

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