As the summer draws to an end and we head back to work, getting back into our day-today routine can be a challenge.
We are talking about the well-known post-holiday blues, that is, the difficulty of adapting back into a routine at work after several weeks of time off. A 2017 study found that 57% of Brits feel deflated or depressed after returning home from a holiday.
Despite the fact that the World Health Organisation (WHO) does not consider it a disease, therapists and life coaches are often in demand more so after the holidays than at any other time in the year. Life coach Carole Ann Rice has said: “After the summer holidays is my busiest time. If you’re unsatisfied with life, you think: 'I’ll book a nice holiday and it will give me a chance to reassess my relationship/job/health/life.' Of course, you don’t. You get your holiday brain on – partially marinated in piña coladas, it’s hot, you’re on a sun lounger – so you have zero motivation to think about hardcore things.”
Among the most prominent symptoms of the post-holiday blues are:
- Lack of energy
Of course, taking time off is important. Everyone needs to rest their body and mind and have some time away from the working world to relax. However, it’s just as important to ensure that your transition back to work is as smooth and straightforward as possible. Gradually getting back into your role will help with your motivation levels and should impact your productivity in a positive way.
For this, we have highlighted the five ways you can get back into your work routine while keeping yourself healthy both physically and mentally:
- Take your time: Do not return from holiday the day before you go back to work. Ideally, we should be at home a couple of days before to adapt and get back into a routine.
- Plan your tasks: It’s inevitable that you’ll return to work with a large to do list and may feel a little overwhelmed. Well don’t panic! Plan your tasks and schedule them in order of priority. If you’re in HR, you could also create an organisational chart for employees that allows them to meet their daily objectives in an orderly manner while also allowing for some downtime when they leave the office.
- Drive motivation: Employers should include employees that have recently returned from holiday in new projects or internal training programmes. This will likely increase their motivation and help them to integrate back into working life.
- Take up physical activity: Sport is always a good option to channel bad feelings and transform them into something positive. Therefore, once you’re back from your holiday, it is an ideal time to start doing some exercise. Not only will it help you feel better mentally but it will help you get fit after enjoying your holiday.
- See the positive side: It is hard for everyone to move from the beach or the mountain to the office, so we must try to maintain a positive attitude. Write a list about the good side of your return, such as the new projects and job opportunities available to you, the reunion with your colleagues or, even, the planning of your next holiday if it helps!
So, when you’re back from your holiday and are feeling a little blue, try to follow some of these tips and see what a difference they can make.
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