If you’re finding yourself in a bit of a funk at the moment, you’re not alone! Christmas is a distant memory. New Year celebrations are long behind us. And for most of us, the holidays are well and truly over…*sob*
This transition back into the daily grind can feel particularly bluesy, and can bring about such side effects as: moping around at your desk, compulsively snoozing your alarm, and constantly looking back through photos of your better, happier, holiday self, thinking “why on earth am I here doing the thing and not sipping margaritas beachside in Mexico”?
So before you start trying to fish out of the office fish tank or down a pint of comfort ice-cream for lunch (although that doesn’t sound too bad...), here’s a few pointers to help you get back on track and beat the post-holiday blues.
Chances are you spend a bit more time outdoors over the holiday period. Just the transition from that influx of nature and daylight to being indoors all day can make you feel flat. Opt to have your lunch outside, or make time to go for a walk and get some fresh air! Some sweet Vitamin D from the sun will help, too - just make sure you Slip, Slop, Slap!
Another big mood booster is exercise. It’s sometimes harder to get back into a healthy routine after holiday indulgences, but it’s the best thing for your body and your mental health! Take a yoga class, hit the gym or go for a surf - whatever you like to get your blood pumping. You can do it!
Schedule In Fun
It can really help to have something to look forward to during the week. This doesn’t have to be anything huge - have a movie night with friends, go out for dinner somewhere nice or organise a camping weekend! You’ll find the pick-me-up will most likely help you be more productive, too.
Look After Yourself
Hitting the ground running with the millions of backed up things on your to do list can backfire if you’re not taking the time to rest as well. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, that you’re eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and not overloading your schedule. If you’re feeling particularly low, reach out to a loved one for support.
Don’t Hate The Routine
It’s easy to romanticise being in holiday mode, but there’s something pretty great about having a routine, too. Instead of fighting the transition and fixating on all the fun things you’d rather be doing, try to find your flow. It’ll get easier as the weeks go by, we promise. If you are hating it - avoid the rut. Pick up a new activity or sport and try something new!
Plan Your Next Holiday!
Although it’s great to be present and find happiness in your day to day life, we’re only human and holidays are the best. Maybe it’s time to start planning your next getaway? You can even be super organised and grab a travel SIM card in advance ;)