(WXYZ) – It’s often called back-to-work blues – and if you’re feeling it following the Thanksgiving break, you’re not alone.
It’s hard for many people to return to their old work routine following a few days off. You’re feeling sluggish or lethargic because you likely overate during the Thanksgiving break, maybe drank too much, slept in late and got used to a little more freedom. But remember the back-to-work blues are temporary. You need to take it a bit easy and pace yourself for the first couple days.
No matter how much you love your job, returning to work can be challenging. You may suffer with poor concentration or forgetting work tasks. To help you get back into the groove, here are my prescriptions:
1. Make peace with the fact your holiday break has ended
Don’t dwell or feel sorry for yourself – focus on feeling grateful you’ve had time off.
2. Ease back into your routine
Prioritize and set small goals. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment.
3. Remember to be positive
Don’t think of work as a burden, instead focus on what you like about it.
4. Delegate tasks if you can
If you can’t at work, then do so at home as this can lighten up your overall stress
If you’re feeling a bit blue, then you may have a tendency to withdrawal. Try to interact with others around the office, even if you’re not feeling up to it. Or ask friends to meet for an evening out. Know that many people are feeling the same as you. If you continue to feel down repeatedly at work, then you may need to reassess your life goals. I believe you need to follow your passion, so if you’re not happy, it may be time to make a change.
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