Tips on how to ease back into work
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.
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