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New Year, New beginnings at Work – Keeping the holiday spirit alive and using it to your advantage

This blog will share some ideas of ways to ease yourself back to work (after the Christmas break) and maintain some of the rest and relaxation you enjoyed over Christmas.

Coming back to work after the Christmas holidays can be a real chore. If you’re like me, you’ve spent more than a week over the Christmas break, having ‘lie-ins’, with breakfast curled up in bed, watching Disney movies (and enjoying every moment of it). So coming back to work in the new year can be a bit of a shock to the system. A friend of mine actually stated that they considered resigning from their work as they did not feel like being there! (A little extreme me thinks but …)

The Biggest struggles workers face when returning to work in the new year:

  • Getting up in the morning
  • Facing the dark and freezing cold outside
  • Grieving the passing of the festive period / holiday spirit
  • Returning to a ‘work-friendly’ routine

What can you do about it?

  1. Start going to bed at a reasonable time – this will help your body clock return back to normal. Eventually, getting up in the morning will become easier!

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  1. Plan some friend and family get-togethers for the first few weekends of January. This is a way of keeping the Christmas spirit alive whilst still catching up with people you love. It will give you something to look forward to after the hustle and bustle of the working week.
  2. Be generous with your work colleagues – if you’ve got any left-over chocolates or cakes – take it in to work. Sharing the Christmas spirit with your colleagues is a great way of extending Christmas.
  3. Apply the 25 -10 rule. That’s 25 minutes of work, followed by 10 minute break. During your break, you can look through your Christmas photos and memories you created during the holidays. This is a useful strategy to optimise your effectiveness when you are working, whilst giving you time to still enjoy (and prolong) elements of the ‘Christmas spirit’ that still remain.
  4. If you’re able to have atleast one ‘work-from-home’ day per week, this can really help you make the transition from Christmas holiday to work mode more easily (but this is only possible for some). Of course, for this to be effective, you need to have some boundaries in place – see the previous blog: ‘The Top Ten Ways to avoid Work Stress over the Christmas Holidays’.
  5. Start Exercising either first thing in the morning or whenever the ‘sluggish’ feeling hits you. Exercise is such a good way of getting your mind up ad running optimally.

Let me know what you think!

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