Getting back to work after the holidays is not easy. Just the idea of returning to the usual routine can create a feeling of stress, sadness, irritability, or other mood swings. These are the first symptoms of the post-vacation syndrome, commonly known as post-holiday blues.
This syndrome is not officially recognized as an illness, but studies show that one in three people may suffer from it. In addition to psychological problems such as anxiety or lack of concentration, there are also physical symptoms such as sleep disorders, muscle aches, etc. This condition has been further aggravated this year by COVID-19 and the social isolation brought about by many of the consequent changes in our working conditions.
However, there is hope! Positive thinking, a positive attitude, and positive actions are great allies. Holidays give you the opportunity to relax and recharge your batteries. Use this energy to get back to work with a new, refreshed outlook.
5 tips on how to avoid or combat post-holiday blues
- Seek new goals. New challenges are great for renovating your enthusiasm!
- Get organized and schedule your week. You’ll feel more in control and this will reduce stress and contribute to your self-motivation.
- Practice sport. Stimulating the production of endorphins will help you feel good and keep the blues at bay.
- Watch your diet. Eat foods with serotonin such as oily fish, bananas, and tomatoes… This will help you to stay in a good mood. Avoid alcohol, as it increases feelings of sadness, and coffee, which intensifies anxiety.
- Smile! Spread your smile in the work environment. This will help increase your own productivity and the productivity of others.
Remember, the key to an energised and positive return after the holidays is your attitude and your outlook on things!
We hope these tips help you beat the blues!
Do leave a comment on how you dealt with the post-holiday experience.