The New Years parties are done, the Christmas tree is coming down and the menorah is put away. It’s time to get back to school, back to work and return to reality. I often find that with the return to normalcy, the post holiday blues can pop up as well.
In the past, when I came home from a vacation or trip, I would find myself moody and sad. When I was still an associate, returning home or back to work after a vacation was really difficult for me. Because I didn’t enjoy my work, I would dread going back and it would put me in a funk for days. Now that I really enjoy my job and what I do every day, returning from vacation has become a lot easier (thank goodness).
Whether or not you love your job, work from home or are just getting back to reality after some time away, there are some things you can do before you leave to make coming home easier, less stressful and to keep the post holiday blues at bay.
6 Tips on How to Beat the Post Holiday Blues
Prepare Yourself Before you Leave
I like to set myself up at work before I go away. I’ll spend time going through my to do list and writing down what I’ve done and what I need to finish when I get back. By creating a to-do list before I go, I’m taking out the guess work of where I need to start when I get back. I also find that knowing where I need to start helps me get into the swing of things. It’s so much better than spending several hours when I’m back reviewing my work and trying to remember what I need to do next.
Give Yourself Extra Time
If possible, I prefer to return from vacation a day or two before I’m scheduled to go back to work. This way I’m able to spend time doing laundry, going through mail, paying any necessary bills, etc. without rushing back to work.
It’s also helpful for R to have some time to settle back into being home before returning to school.