You may have recovered from that “holiday hangover,” but what about the emotional hangover that comes after weeks of eating, drinking, dancing, singing and gift opening?
It’s time to snap out of holiday mode and back into productivity, which is often easier said than done. Fortunately, all it takes is a few small steps to make that transition back from the holidays, or a long vacation, a little bit easier.
Get the Blood Flowing
A little physical activity can help you get back into work mode, as surveys have shown people feel more productive on days they exercise. If you aren’t already doing so, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk over to a co-worker to speak with them rather than using the phone or instant messenger.
There are also quick modified exercises you can do in the office to give yourself a little exertion. Try doing a few small push-ups with your feet on the floor and hands on the edge of your desk. Or, you could try sitting down in your chair and holding your legs out for a little ab exercise.
We all eat fatty, salty and sugary foods during the holidays, and that kind of diet does more than expand your waistline. It can also affect your mood.
On your first week back, make an extra effort to eat good natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Packed with potassium and glucose, bananas are great brain food. Walnuts are rich in brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Even a bit of dark chocolate has been shown to boost your mood.
Plan Out Your Week Back
If you took time off during the holidays, catching up can seem pretty daunting. The best way to handle it is to plan out a schedule that minimizes distractions.
Start by writing out all the things you need to get done during your first week back. Then highlight priority items and determine how much time you will need to complete each task. This can keep you from chasing distraction since you know about how much time you have ‘budgeted’ for each item.
Finally, allow for some flexibility in the schedule to account for any unexpected events that might crop up.
Maintain a Good Work-Life Balance
Maintaining a good balance between your work-life and your personal life is important for any time of year, but it is particularly relevant after the holidays when there is a strong temptation to work long hours to make up for missed time.
Be sure that you make plans to spend time with friend or family this first week back. Or, if you’re burned out on socializing, plan an activity or two for yourself – like a professional massage or Netflix binge.