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Travel How to ease back into work after being away on holiday

03:51  14 january  2018
03:51  14 january  2018 Source:   nowtolove.co.nz

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It seems like a simple thing, but coming back to work after a vacation (or other leave, like maternity or family emergency leave) can actually be difficult. Some of these professionals also have time-tested tips for helping people ease back into work after vacation, and stay productive in the days following

a close up of a man© Provided by Bauer Media Group (NZ) LP If, like us, you're back at work this week after enjoying some time off over the festive season we imagine you're struggling as much as we are. While it's great to catch up with your colleagues, being back at work can feel like a rude awakening and it's hard to get into the swing of things.

Literally overnight you go from being able to enjoy lie-ins and doing whatever you fancy - probably a little over-indulging when it comes to eating and drinking too - to structure, routine and discipline. A post-holiday crash is inevitable, making you feel overwhelmed, down in the dumps, and not sure where to begin with your work load.

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That’s why this week we ’ re bringing you a few time-tested tips to help ease back into the work world. Whenever possible, make contact with a co- worker before returning to your desk and find out what big changes (if any) have occurred while you were away .

It seems like a simple thing, but coming back to work after a vacation (or other leave, like maternity or family emergency leave) can actually be difficult. Some of these professionals also have time-tested tips for helping people ease back into work after vacation, and stay productive in the days following

While there's no official name for feeling this way, psychologists do recognise this as 'back to work blues' or a 'post-holiday hangover'. It's a sort of anti-climactic state that can feel even worse if you're not particularly happy in your job in the first place.

Thankfully, there are things you can do to ease yourself back into work again. Here's how to get through the next few days:

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Keep your expectations realistic

Don't expect too much of yourself on your first few days back. Work your way through your emails and attend to smaller tasks to ease yourself back in. Set small, achievable goals so that you feel a sense of accomplishment. You may not believe it now, but this will pave the way towards you feeling more motivated to tackle the bigger tasks soon.

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How do you ease your way back to work ? Here are 11 ways I have found helpful to ease back into work after a holiday Pack everything away , put a load of washing etc on and ensure all your holiday related “stuff” is away so your house is clean for Monday.

The reason coming back to work after a holiday is so depressing is because your brain is suffering under the weight of the knowledge that everything that is fun This could be another vacation, but as that's probably still months away , why not pick something simpler, like the mini-vacation we get every

Don't dwell

We can make ourselves feel worse by focusing too much on the fact our holiday has come to an end.

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Challenges can be a good thing! There are some things to think about when you're easing back into a workout routine whether you've been taking a It's actually working very hard to repair and replenish itself after all the work you put it through," says Sikorski. "Rest days are key to long-term wellness.

So how do you deal with post- holiday work load? Ease back into your routine. Feeling motivated on your first day back at work starts with some preparation beforehand.

Professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Loyola University in Illinois Dr Angelos Halaris suggests: "Know that something you enjoyed has come to an end, but make peace with it and know it will come back again. Resist feeling sorry for yourself.

"Self talk and being optimistic is important."

If you need a lift, look at kitten pictures online, he suggests. We have colleagues who swear by watching comedy to boost their spirits. Michael McIntyre and Mock of the week are among their go-tos.

Even chatting to your workmates about how you are feeling can help. Chances are, they're feeling the same way too.

Create new habits

Take advantage of the break you've had in your routine to create new and healthier office habits this year. If you always ate lunch at your desk make a point of taking your lunch break elsewhere. Sit out in the sun or make use of your communal office space. Why not invite your colleagues to join you? They may be looking for a reason to ditch eating at their desks too.

Did you always work late last year because everyone else seemed to and you felt obliged to follow suit? Now is the time to break that cycle. In some working cultures staying late only tells your boss that you're not coping with your work load - we think that's a better way to view leaving on time.

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It can help bring order to the chaos and provide some direction for how to proceed. Being able to cross items off your list as they get completed will give you a sense of accomplishment and control as you ease back into work mode.

You might choose to be friendlier to others in the building or get into the habit of taking regular breaks from your desk... it all helps towards empowering you and putting you back in the driver's seat.

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Make a little bit of your holiday part of everyday

The best thing about being on holiday is we have more time to spend doing the things we love. Why put those things on hold just because we're back at work?

We are all time-poor, but filling every day with small pleasures is important to our health and wellness. Whether it's yoga sessions or evening swims or drinking coffee in the sun or catching up with old friends - find a way to keep these rituals in your life, they're not just reserved for times of annual leave.

Take breaks

Nothing makes a day longer than remaining at your desk. Take regular mini breaks to refill your water, make tea or simply stretch your legs.

Avoid social media

Well, at least for the next couple of days... You will only make yourself feel worse if you spend your lunch breaks scrolling through Instagram and Facebook looking at pictures of other people who are lucky enough to still be on holiday.

Make plans

Make sure you have something to look forward to on the weekend. You may even want to think about your next holiday.

Hang in there...

This feeling will pass!

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