Leadership Tip

How to beat the back-to-work blues

After a carefree summer on the beach, getting back to work can be a shock. No one enjoys going back to the grindstone after a fun-filled break, but is there any way to prevent all the energy and optimism you felt while lying on a sun lounger from evaporating overnight? Here are a few tips on how to ease the transition.

  1. Manage your responsibilities while away. Decide before you go on holiday what you can safely leave behind. It may make for a more enjoyable holiday and a less stressful return if you check in occasionally rather than just worrying about the email accumulating in your inbox.
  2. Reserve a day for catching up. If possible, take an extra day at home to catch up on cleaning and laundry and so on. It took time for you to unwind – take extra time to ease back into the routine.
  3. Empty that inbox. When you get back into the office, take an hour or so to sort your emails. Scan for the important ones and delete the rest.
  4. Stick to the routine. To avoid the post-holiday blues, get back into your usual habits as soon as possible. Stick to routine meal and bedtimes and don’t skip regular activities such as workouts. Make relaxation a part of it – unplug from your phone and take a walk. This will help you ease back into the swing of things.

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