Tips on how to ease back into work

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion has re­leased a se­ries of tips to help peo­ple beat the ‘‘back to work blues’’.

Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Judi Cle­ments says it is quite com­mon for peo­ple to feel gloomy fol­low­ing the re­turn to work af­ter the Christ­mas break.

‘‘Peo­ple are so busy over the fes­tive sea­son that of­ten they don’t get a proper chance to recharge their bat­ter­ies,’’ she says.

‘‘Many of us get back to our desks and dive straight into our work with­out eas­ing into it. This ap­proach can leave us feel­ing ex­hausted and stressed.’’

The back to work blues can come un­der many guises – some peo­ple feel dis­ori­ented and have a ‘‘go slow’’ at­ti­tude while oth­ers have lit­tle in­ter­est in their work and fo­cus on plan­ning the next va­ca­tion.

Ad­di­tional man­i­fes­ta­tions can be ir­ri­tabil­ity, mood­i­ness and headaches.

Ms Cle­ments says plan­ning a new hol­i­day can be a good idea to help al­le­vi­ate the stress of be­ing back on the clock.

‘‘It helps peo­ple fo­cus, think pos­i­tively and re­duce their feel­ings of work pres­sure.’’

More tips from the foun­da­tion to re­duce the blues in­clude:

Cre­at­ing a har­mo­nious work en­vi­ron­ment – or­gan­ise your workspace and add some per­sonal touches

Think about per­sonal growth Take time out Get or­gan­ised Join af­ter work ac­tiv­i­ties – get out and en­joy the longer sum­mer evenings

Look af­ter your­self – more sleep and ex­er­cise will help clear the mind.

Iconic land­mark: St Stephen’s Pres­by­te­rian Church’s fu­ture is yet to be de­cided, De­cem­ber 26.

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