Beating the Post-Bank Holiday Blues: Easing Back into Work Today with a Smile On Your Face

an employee looking bored at a calendar counting the day to Christmas

Did you know that 40% of workers experience post-holiday blues? It’s finally over—the long weekend and the last holiday until Christmas. The mere thought is enough to wipe that holiday grin off your face. But fear not, because we’ve got your back on how to ease back into work while dodging those pesky Post Holiday Blues. In this article, we’re here to arm you with tips to help you navigate the workweek with Zen-like finesse. So, read on to discover: how to start your day, plan your week, reflect and connect, and set mini goals and breaks.

Start Your Day Right

First things first—kickstart your day the right way. For me, it’s all about pumping up the volume with high-energy tunes and Come And Get Your Love, who has been watching Guardians of The Galaxy! It might be that favourite breakfast that sets the tone for you, such as a bowl of fresh fruits and nuts. Visualise the day ahead and place your intentions; meditation, affirmations, or gratitude journaling help. Try incorporating one or all of these practices to fortify yourself.

Plan The Week

Step into the driver’s seat of your week with a guiding plan, not an overwhelming to-do list. Prioritise the most important and urgent tasks and emails. Use your calendars, planners, apps or coloured PostIt notes. Some of the apps that I recommend are:

  • Todoist: A simple and powerful app that lets you create tasks, subtasks, projects, and labels.
  • Trello: A visual and collaborative app that enables you to create boards, lists, and cards.
  • Simplenote: A versatile and flexible app that lets you make notes, notebooks, tags, and reminders.

By giving yourself a roadmap, you’ll feel in control, even when your email inbox is putting up a fight and beat the post holiday blues

a diverse team celebrating mini wins tighter with with coffee

Reflect and Connect

In addition to planning your week, don’t let the sparkle of the weekend fade away just yet. Take a moment to relive the laughter and relaxation you shared with family and friends; I smile as I look at the picture of my cousin’s pièce de ré·sist·ance – a burnt barbecue. It’s like a mood-enhancing vitamin! Also, consider infusing your workspace with a dash of post-bank holiday cheer, whether through fresh flowers, a quirky new desk accessory, or a photo that takes you back to your holiday bliss.

As you and your colleagues regroup for the week ahead, take a moment to share your stories of weekend adventure. These light-hearted conversations are more than just a chat; they’re the threads that weave camaraderie with colleagues.

Mini Goals, Mini Breaks

Are you staring at a mountain of emails and tasks? No sweat. Divide and conquer by breaking your workload into manageable mini-goals. Each accomplishment will feel like a mini victory, propelling you through the day with a sense of achievement. And remember those short breaks; they’re your secret weapon to recharge—stretch, snack, or simply take a breather. Think of it as refilling your tank so you don’t run out of gas. You’ll thank yourself later.

Smile & Beat The Post Holiday Blues

The journey from a bank holiday back to the grind doesn’t have to be gloomy. Armed with these straightforward pointers, you can glide back into your work routine with a smile, carrying forward the positivity of your break. So, let’s raise a metaphorical glass to overcome the post-bank holiday blues and embrace the opportunities ahead. And remember, if all else fails, there’s always coffee.

We hope you found these tips helpful and we’d love to hear from you. How do you beat the post-bank holiday blues? Let us know in the comments below or on our social media channels.

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