BEAT THE POSTHOL­I­DAY BLUES

That sink­ing feel­ing you get when your va­ca­tion winds up? Th­ese tips will help you get your groove back.

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think pos­i­tive

Go­ing back to work af­ter a

hol­i­day of­ten feels like a drag. Pre-empt that feel­ing by re­mind­ing your­self why you love your job. “Keep in mind what you are grate­ful for and ap­pre­ci­ate. This can help shake off neg­a­tive

feel­ings,” says Sh­eryl Bath­man, di­rec­tor and psy­chother­a­pist at Lifesteps. List the plus points of your job, such as your great col­leagues, so you won’t dread your first day

back so much.

have some­thing to look for­ward to

Be it an an­niver­sary din­ner with your hus­band or a catch-up ses­sion with your girl­friends, al­ways have some­thing to look for­ward to once your va­ca­tion ends. It doesn’t even have to be an “event” that you need to plan in ad­vance. For in­stance, while still on hol­i­day, you could get a hair­cut or buy a new dress – “Wear it on your first day back to work,” sug­gests An­gela Tan, an as­so­ci­ate cer­ti­fied life coach at coach­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Coach In­ter­na­tional. The thought of de­but­ing your new ’do or out­fit to your col­leagues will make head­ing to the of­fice an ex­cit­ing prospect.

ease into work

“Try not to re­turn to work im­me­di­ately,” says Jan. “Take a few days to ease in and re­turn to work on a Thurs­day or Fri­day so the week isn’t that daunt­ing.” Jan also rec­om­mends spend­ing the few ex­tra days un­pack­ing. Putting things in or­der will re­fresh you and give you a sense of ac­com­plish­ment. Th­ese pos­i­tive feel­ings will fol­low you back to work too, she adds.

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