For most of us, the January blues will fade naturally as we get back into the swing of things but if you’re still struggling, here are five great ways to get back into work mode after the holidays.

If you’re struggling to get back into work after the Christmas break, you’re certainly not alone. Researchers have found that the negative emotions associated with the end of the festive period, plus two weeks of irregular sleep patterns can throw our body-clocks so out of sync, it can make us feel jet-lagged.

For most of us, the January blues will fade naturally as we get back into the swing of things but if you’re still struggling, here are five great ways to get back into work mode after the holidays.

Go easy on yourself

The festive period is a time of over-indulgence and after eating and drinking too much, we’re never going to feel our best. Even if you didn’t go too crazy, getting back into work mode can be difficult because our routines changed and many of us also struggle with the cold temperatures and dark, rainy days.

If you know you find it difficult to hit the ground running after Christmas or any other holiday, let yourself ease back into things slowly. Don’t plan important meetings or projects in your first week back and don’t beat yourself up about it if you’re not being as productive as you would like. 

Set yourself a challenge

One of the main reasons why January is so depressing is because the excitement of Christmas is over and we no longer have anything to look forward to. You can rectify this easily by making a change or setting yourself a challenge.

Maybe there’s a training course you’ve been thinking of attending, there’s a project you’ve been putting off, you want to be more organised or even something as simple as clearing out your desk can give you a little boost.

Plan ahead

If you feel like you’re getting through January in a bit of a daze, try planning ahead as this will help to give you focus. Before you leave the office each day, write a to-do list for the next day. Knowing what you need to focus on can help you feel less stressed, give you a sense of purpose and being able to tick things off your list will help you to feel like you’re achieving something.

Have something to look forward to outside of work

If you’re really struggling in the office, having something to look forward to outside of work can really help to perk you up. Book a holiday, sign up to a class, organise a night out with friends or even just plan a night in watching your favourite films.

Look after yourself

We all require a bit more TLC at this time of year so try to do as much as you can to look after yourself. Make sure you’re getting eight hours of sleep, eat plenty of healthy foods, exercise, lay off the alcohol, do things that you enjoy and try to maintain a positive attitude.

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