Whether you’ve been away on holiday or have just had a relaxing staycation, we all feel a bit blue after a break from it all as soon as the alarm clock goes off and you see the inevitable pile-up of things on your ‘To do’ list.
No wonder we get depressed, even if we usually enjoy our job. So we show you how to get over the holiday blues and back into gear.
Get on top of things... fast!
It may sound obvious, but one of the main factors in getting the holiday blues is the pile of work you come back to – nothing will stress you out quicker. Whether it’s a full-to-bursting email inbox or a bunch of problems that cropped up while you were away, the first thing to do is get back in control.
Don’t panic, people will give you a break for a day or two while you settle in, so plough through your backlog first. Plus, some of it may have already been dealt with, in which case the delete button comes in VERY handy. Prioritise what needs to be done and start working your way through your list – and be strict on limiting new work until this is done.
Have a gossip
OK, so your boss may not appreciate us advising this but there is a good reason behind it. If you like your colleagues then having a chat and finding out the funny things that have happened while you’ve been away will remind you why your job can be fun.
Get back into a routine
After long holiday lie-ins and eating what you want, when you want, it’s no wonder that suddenly being stuck in the day-to-day trundle of work can be a little disheartening. The best thing to get over this is try and get back into a routine as soon as possible.
Get a couple of early nights to dull the effect of the damned alarm clock, eat meals at set times a day or two before returning to work and get into the mindset of clocking on and off for the day, and it will make the painful transition a bit easier. We promise.
Last but not least, treat yourself! It could be catching up with your favourite magazine, popping out for a lunchtime drink or going somewhere nice for dinner as a last remaining treat before the post-holiday diet and pain of spending too much money kicks in!