Are you feeling down now that your holiday is over? Wondering how to keep your holiday well being?
It’s that time of year when our holiday trips are ending and we can feel the doom and gloom of returning to work and facing into the backlog of emails, etc. And to top it off there are fewer sunny days and long bright evenings to cheer us up.
Here are a few tips to help you adjust to the return to work and make that holiday feeling last:
- Ease back in.
Rather than the ‘all or nothing’ that a return to work can bring, keep some of the schedules you had during your holiday break such as: have your morning coffee outdoors, or begin the day with the kind of breakfast you might have had on holiday rather than what you might eat normally during the Autumn/Winter months. Sit on your patio in the evening with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine or eat outside if the weather permits it.
- Get outdoors.
One of the feel good things about holidays is being outdoors: exercise stimulates endorphins which trigger positive feelings in our bodies and sunlight improves our mood. Walk even part of the way to or from work or during lunchtime, take the dog out for a walk in the evening or go for a cycle – it will all help to retain that sense of well-being and positivity you had on holiday.
- Turn off the gadgets and the TV.
Holidays are social: we’re much more likely to eat together when we are away but returning home often means a return also to the TV going in the background during dinner, constant access to email, social media and other interruptions and distractions that prevent us from communicating and being fully present to each other. Try to turn these off or at least limit them when we are with our family and friends.
- Plan something nice.
Research shows that anticipation is a powerful positive emotion and having something to look forward to makes it easier to handle difficulties in our day to day lives and enables our motivation and persistence. Not everyone can start to plan their next holiday as soon as they get home, but scheduling something to look forward to such as an activity like a walk or hike, a trip to a museum or gallery or a meet up with family or friends will engender those positive feelings about the future that are so key to our well being.
- Change your thinking
It’s easy to feel down about the end of something nice and take the view that ‘my holiday is over now for another year’ but don’t underestimate the power of positive thinking and harness it fully. Positivity is a way of thinking but when cultivated it brings many rewards to our day to day lives. Learn how to focus on the positive as there is almost always an upside to our experiences. Rather than feel down about the end of the holiday, instead try ‘I’ve had such a nice break and I feel refreshed and have learned lots about what I need to to to maintain my well being till next time.’