HAPPY NEW YEAR!
YES You CAN in 2019. . .Redecorate your office or work space for the New Year! Add some new color, a picture, favorite flowers, inspirational jar, a piggy bank. . . Brighten Up Your Mental Space! A simple color change can be the inspiration you need, to lighten the load of job related blues. Many times a tweak can have a huge impact, on your psyche and add some peace and much wanted joy!
Lets face it, when you walk back into the office those feelings you had last week, in 2018 will return, especially if you do not prepare for this emotional head-rush. The good thing is, here are a few things you can do, keep reading and whatever catches your eyes just do it! ! !
Because once the holiday family visits, sights and smells, and festive get-togethers have flown by, the New Year's Eve celebrations become a memory flash, you will be faced with the harsh reality, get back to work and do a better job or else.
Going into the holiday can be very exciting or not, but afterwards is a challenge of it's own. So the preparation and anticipation, spending time with family, sleeping in, and eating way too much, can leave you feeling sad, overweight, lonely, poor, and dreading your return to work. Here are some extra self care advice today, because the hype of January will fade too. . . . .take action quick, February is short coming before March! Consider this:
1. "Out-of-Office" message
Extend your "Out-of-Office" email message for one or two days into your week back to work, giving yourself a chance to catch up. Only if it does not jeopardize your good standing or job security.
2. Slow and easy
Don't go full bore your first day back--give yourself time to ease into your workday and thoughtfully consider issues one at a time. Consider leaving a bit earlier than usual your first day back. If possible, take a half or full day off your first Friday back.
3. Strategize your return
If at all possible, try returning to work on a Thursday or Friday with the weekend fast approaching. Monday won't seem nearly as bleak if you have a good head start.
4. Take a Regular Breaks (just like smokers :)
Treat yourself to frequent walks in the fresh air, slow deep breathes and stretches at your desk, or meet a friend for coffee or go out for lunch during those first couple days back.
5. Show and tell
Share your photos and videos of your time away with your co-workers. Relive those moments and relish the memories.
6. Laugh often
Laughter is a mood-booster--releasing endorphins that make us feel happy again. Rent a funny movie, hang out with an extremely funny friend, or download a funny book.
Give your workspace or desk a complete overhaul. Remove everything from your desk and walls and start over. Change the position of your desk if possible. Replace some of the old office supplies and equipment with new. Purchase a new plant or a bowl with a fish. Change your screensaver on your computer to something that relaxes you or makes you smile. Replace old photos with new--amazing how dusty and faded those old photos get.
8. Fun jar
Place a jar on your desk with the words, "My next vacation/fun," and empty your extra change into it daily.
9. Future fun
To get you over the hump of returning back to work post-holiday, plan something fun. Whether it's movies with a friend, a concert, or planning your next vacation--give yourself something to look forward to.
10. Try something new
Is there something you have always wanted to try? This is a great time to start something new once or twice a week whether its rock climbing, flying lessons, or training for your first 5k walk/run--the possibilities are endless.
11. Overall health
When returning to work after the holidays we sometimes struggle with the extra pounds gained while consuming copious amounts of holiday treats. Your return-to-work-slump won't feel as bad if you begin your week eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, and taking the time for walks, fresh air, exercise and a good night's rest. Who knows, you just may take off all that extra weight your first week back! Make your appointment especially if you sense an uneasiness in your body.
Special thanks to Inc.com link: https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/beat-those-back-to-work-post-holiday-blues-with-these-11-strategies.html for a great article. Other opinions and questions are directly from Eliza Dukes.
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