Beat The Back-To-Work Blues

If you're feeling a bit down at returning to work after a holiday, you're not alone! Here's how to banish those blues.

For many of us, the holiday season is over and it's back to work. Hopefully the post-Christmas bloat is dissipating and your New Year's Day headache has worn off, and it's now time to get back into the swing of things!

If you're feeling a bit blue about getting back to work, you're not alone. Studies show that while pre-holiday happiness is high amongst employees, generally this disappears once the holiday is over and work begins again. If you've ever had the "back to work blues", you'll know all about this.

One way to help start the new work year with a spring in your step is to finally follow through with that resolution to get fit and healthy. Healthy meal plans packed full of leafy greens, colourful fruits and vegetables, lean protein and complex carbohydrates will give you the fuel you need to get through the day, and have a range of wide-reaching benefits.

Combine this with regular exercise to help protect your heart, lower your risk of diabetes and help you sleep better at night. You'll likely find a healthier you is not only a happier version, but also a more productive one.

Another way to get through the working week is to start planning for your next holiday. Even if it's just a weekend out of town, the act of planning something else will give your wandering mind something to focus on, rather than mourning the end of your recent summer travel.

A new project or work-based resolution can help the days fly by in the office, so approach your manager and see if you can diversify your responsibilities or learn a new skill. Even something as simple as working towards a regular knock-off time, rather than taking your work home with you at night and the weekends, can see productivity increase during work hours.

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