How to kick post-holiday office blues
Happy New Year! Here’s to another year full of health, wealth and prosperity…or something like that.
If you’re anything like me – coming back to work after a long holiday is for the birds. I often find myself taking the pessimistic route when it comes to approaching a new year – thinking, “oh boy, time to go back to work, fail at another New Year’s resolution and at least two months of crappy weather. I’m ridiculous!
This year I vowed to myself that I would no longer be a curmudgeon heading into the new year and back into the office, and I actually did much better than usual.
Are you struggling to get back in the swing of things, even a week after NYE? That’s ok. It happens to the best of us, but maybe you should try these five things that helped me kick the holiday blues to the curb.
- Clean your home and rid it of Christmas. – You would not believe how much this helps. (Ok, so our bare tree is still standing in the living room, but our house is spotless!) It was so nice to have the holiday décor away, not to mention waking up and coming home to a fresh, clean house felt amazing.
- Prepare for the next day the night before. – My husband and I have been packaging our lunch AND laying out our clothes the night before. I guarantee you this won’t last long, but it has helped me tremendously in getting out the door on time without feeling overwhelmed and rushed – no matter how sluggish of a morning I’m having.
- Exercise. – Just get out and walk. It clears the mind and is good for the soul. Let’s be honest, you probably need it post-holidays anyway.
- Begin filling in your new calendar. – If you’re anything like the Full Circle PR ladies, there’s nothing more exciting than getting to start fresh to-do lists and color code a blank calendar. Plus, it gives you dates to look forward to in the future.
- Enjoy your lunch break. – The struggle is real when it comes to getting back in the office after a week of no alarm clocks, no pants and no real responsibilities. So when you get back into the office, don’t keep working through your lunch break – at least for the first couple weeks. Take time to eat lunch with a friend, run to Marshalls (can I get an amen?) or go for a walk. Having just a 30 minute break to get away can really help the day go faster, and motivate you to keep on truckin’ throughout those rough afternoon hours.
…and if all else fails, there’s always coffee and those personalized coffee subscription boxes. Cheers!