5 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues in the Office
It doesnΓÇÖt seem five minutes since you were jetting off for a fortnightΓÇÖs sun on the Mediterranean coast ΓÇô but somehow itΓÇÖs over already. Before you trudge wearily back to work, we take a look at five ways to beat the post-holiday blues and feel more motivated and productive in the office.
1. Bring some sunshine into the office
Who says you have to leave the sunshine behind? ItΓÇÖs time to decorate your desk with something that gives you that feel-good factor.
Studies have shown that looking at an image of something that makes us happy can stimulate our brain ΓÇô and actually make us more productive and focused.
So why not get a nice framed photo of something from your holiday ΓÇô whether itΓÇÖs a photo of you and your family on the beach or an incredible view you experienced ΓÇô and place it on your desk.
2. Launch a new project
Rather than coming back to the same old routine, maybe now is the time to mention that new project youΓÇÖd like to launch.
Having a new goal to work towards will create a sense of anticipation which could be the perfect replacement for all the excitement you were feeling during your pre-holiday countdown.
DonΓÇÖt have project plans right now? You could consider asking to take on a new role or extra responsibilities instead ΓÇô after all, they say a change is as good as a rest.
3. Keep up that fitness routine
Chances are you started up a new fitness routine before hitting the beach. While the natural reaction post-holiday is to cut-down on exercise and start indulging in fast food, nowΓÇÖs the time to step it up again.
Why? It wasnΓÇÖt just the anticipation of a summer break that was making you feel good ΓÇô a healthier, more active lifestyle is proven to boost mood, lower stress levels and improve your general sense of wellbeing.
If you really canΓÇÖt keep up that gruelling beach-body gym routine, then try getting out for a walk at lunchtime each day ΓÇô it will increase your endorphin and serotonin levels, which help to make you feel happier and more motivated.
4. Harness that sunbathing state of mind
You donΓÇÖt have to leave that relaxed state of mind on the beach just because youΓÇÖre back in the office. In fact, it might pay to bring it back with you.
Next time youΓÇÖre feeling overwhelmed with the multitude of tasks on your to-do list, take a couple of minutes to remember that light, relaxed feeling you experienced when you were lying on the sand, listening to the waves and enjoying the warmth of the sun.
After all, not only is office daydreaming a very common occurrence (even senior management admit to doing it), but it can also help you to be more focused and to solve work-based problems more effectively. In fact, some psychologists regard this time as taking a ΓÇ£vital mental holidayΓÇ¥ from the ongoing pressures of the workday.
5. Hit delete
One thing most of us dread when returning to the office after a break is that backlog of emails. What seems like a steady stream over the course of a single day seems to build up to an insurmountable challenge when youΓÇÖre away for a week.
ThereΓÇÖs only one thing for it; get in early on your first day back and tackle that e-clutter straight away, so that you can start your working week with an orderly inbox.
But remember ΓÇô the delete function is your friend. Take a ruthless approach and delete everything that isnΓÇÖt truly important. That includes newsletters, social media notifications and staff party invites. If itΓÇÖs really important, theyΓÇÖll pick up the phone and call you now youΓÇÖre back.
Hopefully, you feel better already.
What do you think? What strategies have you got for beating those post-holiday blues?