As we enter the month of February, for most of us, we have returned to work, the kids are heading back to school and the holiday season is well and truly behind us. So, let’s ask ourselves the question, “how am I feeling”? Am I happy to be back, energised and ready to tackle another year? Or maybe feeling a little “out of sorts”.

 


So, let’s ask ourselves the question, “how am I feeling”? Am I happy to be back, energised and ready to tackle another year? Or maybe feeling a little “out of sorts”.
Often referred to as the “back to work blues” or “beating the holiday hangover”, returning to work can be an overwhelming and challenging time for us. Whether we are back in the office, on the farm, in the truck, back on site or responsible for the never-ending household chores and important caring duties (children, elderly parents or family). The circumstances are different for all of us, however being self-aware of how we are feeling is an important part of self-care. So what is our state of mind, after returning to work?

Feelings one could expect to experience upon returning to work may be:

  • Regret – I should have taken more time off.
  • Overwhelmed – Where do I start? There is so much to do!
  • Worry/anxious – What will this season/year bring?
  • Jealous/resentment – I’m back at work, the other party (wife/husband/colleagues) are still on holidays.
  • Lack of motivation – “After being off work for so long I forgot what it is that I pretend to do around here”. (hahaha)

Here are some useful tips that may help with the return to work experience:

  • Be realistic: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Don’t expect everything to be done in the first week. Set achievable goals.  Give yourself some space to ease back into the swing of things.
  • Prioritise: Looking at everything that needs to be done as a whole can cause us to become overwhelmed. Make a list, break things down into manageable tasks. Recognise your achievements.
  • Don’t feel guilty: If you overindulged, enjoyed a bit too much Christmas cheer, or just did nothing. Accept the break for what it was, it’s been and gone. It’s time to look forward.
  • Get back into your routine: One reason we may be feeling worse for wear, is because we have been out of our regular routine. Try to start working on this as soon as possible. Three important areas: Diet, sleep and exercise. It’s amazing how much better we can feel if we get some balance back in these areas.
  • Communicate how you feel: Talk to your kids, partner, wife and/or work colleagues. Everyone is probably feeling similar in their experience. Don’t feel isolated and alone.
  • Normalise your reaction: Remember feeling a little flat can be a normal experience after holidays.

Holidays are an important part of managing our wellbeing, now it’s time to get back on track for another big year, don’t forget it’s important to take time out to check in on how we are traveling.

Cheers

Owen & the Team


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