Coming back to work after Christmas break can get even the best of us feeling the back-to-work blues. That meh feeling, being highly distractible, irritable, unable to concentrate, as we fall back into our normal routines.
Here are some ways to help kick the back-to-work blues into touch.
- Keep that holiday feeling going
Continue those holiday activities like BBQ’s after work, swims at the beach, drinks with friends etc.
- Take breaks
Start the year off well and remember to take your breaks. First of all, it’s always important to take breaks. In the change back to your work routine you may find that you have difficulty concentrating or have low energy. Remove yourself from your workstation, have a lunch date or take a brisk walk.
- Tidy up your workspace
Tidy up your desk, workbench, shelves, files etc. in preparation for the year ahead. As a result, you’ll feel organised and in control.
- Schedule tasks to your energy levels
If you find yourself losing concentration and energy at the end of the day, it’s probably better to leave those less mentally taxing jobs until then. Like tidying your workspace above!
- Stay active
You’ve most likely been more active over the holidays so keep it up! Exercise makes us feel better and when you feel good, you are more likely to work better.
- Plan your next weekend away
Having something nice to look forward to can help in the transition back to work and keep that holiday feeling alive! So plan that next break!
Feel like your back to work blues maybe something more?
Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions).
www.depression.org.nz – includes The Journal online help service