It is 2017!!
The last drop of the New Year’s Eve champagne is gone, the Christmas ornaments are packed away for another year, and you are back at work. It is winter; the parties and the holidays are over, and it’s back to the daily grind. The holidays have come to an end, and for many it’s back to work for quite a while before any more breaks from work.
If you are feeling down and depressed at the thought of months ahead of work and routine, with nothing to look forward to, then you can take comfort in knowing, that you are not alone. It is perfectly normal to feel like this. Getting back into the work routine, can take some time and a period of adjustment.
Post holiday blues are very normal, and it’s not uncommon to see people shuffling around work looking miserable, or moping around their desks drinking too much coffee. Feeling flat is okay and normal, as during a holiday period people will put into their average day many more pleasurable activities than they would normally, so to get back to real life and work can be an adjustment.
There are however some ways in which you can get yourself accustomed to the change, and to make the first week or two more bearable, whilst you adjust to being back at work, or if you are not back at work yet, prepare yourself for going back to work.
Get yourself back into a routine of waking up early
A couple of days before you are due back at work start trying to change your sleep habits. Make sure you go to bed a bit earlier in the evenings, and start getting up earlier. Stop taking naps during the day, so that your body had adjusted to the early mornings before your first day back at work.
Cut back on the late nights and parties
Start getting enough sleep again, the first week or work can take it out of you if you’ve been off for 2 weeks or more. It will take a lot of effort to get back into a routine, leave the parties and drinking for weekend nights.
Give yourself something to look forward to
Start thinking about planning something that will give you something to look forward to. If you are able to plan a weekend away for a month or two down the line, it will give you something to look forward to. If finances are tight because you have spent too much money over the holiday period, then organise a dinner with friends or an activity over a weekend that you will enjoy. Having something to look forward to, makes the days go faster and will lift your mood.
Spend more time outdoors and being healthy
A holiday should be a holiday, it is meant to be a time where you recharge your batteries, and have a well-earned break. Spending your time off, having late night parties and too much alcohol is not going to do your body any good. All that will happen is that you will arrive back at work exhausted, and feeling as though you need a holiday. So try to spend some of your holiday outdoors and getting some exercise. If you have had a holiday of excesses, then try to also get some exercise in the weekends or after work. A healthy body means a healthy mind.
Prepare for going back to work
Check your emails before going into the office, and possibly even phone your manager or a colleague for a catch up and to get some idea as to what you will be letting yourself in for, on that first what can be very hectic day, of getting back to the office. Having done a quick check of your emails, will just mean that you have less to do on that first day back at the office, and free up your time for the real business issues of the first day back at the office.
Perform an Act of Kindness
Make an effort to get to know somebody at work, that you haven’t really spoken to before. Smile at a stranger. Open a door for someone else. Thank someone for the work they do. Let another driver into the line of traffic. Small kindnesses take little time or effort but can make a big difference in someone else’s day. When you make somebody else feel special and important, it has a way of making you also feel good.
Be gentle on yourself with regards to your new year’s resolutions
If you set yourself some unrealistically high new year’s resolution, and you feel you are not going to be able to live up to them, relax, and don’t beat yourself up. Rather look at your new year’s resolutions realistically, and try to achieve the best you can without making yourself utterly miserable. Ensure that the goals that you have set yourself are reasonable and achievable.
Be positive and expect that 2017 is going to be a great year
Try to have a positive frame of mind and plan for interesting and fulfilling events throughout the year. Be positive and expect that 2017 is going to be best year yet!