myphoto.jpgWe have to admit, holiday vacations are never long enough for us. While a couple of days off work is a welcome breather, the string of reunions, parties, and other activities have made our holiday schedule more packed than EDSA during rush hour. As such, it is no surprise that the post-holiday work week is met with resounding groans and reluctance.

So how do you deal with post-holiday hangover? Check out FN’s tips that will help you combat the work blues.


1. Make a to-do list.

Go ahead and devour the first pages of your planner! Prep yourself up for work by writing down future tasks that you might have to deal with during your “first” day at work. Not only will this help get you back into “work” mode, it will also give you a clear picture of the things that need your attention at the office. Writing a list will also help you face the monsters lurking in your inbox and file cabinets, minus the panic attack. Going back to work after a holiday break is hard enough; it doesn’t need to get worse by dealing with additional stress.


2. Ditch that one last party before work.

Pulling an all-nighter with free-flowing booze doesn’t seem such a good idea when you have to show up for work the next day. While you might have partied hard during the holidays, winding down the day before work will do you a lot of good, as your body needs to readjust to your work schedule. “We should get back to our everyday habits or give up those adopted during holidays, such as going to bed later than usual or having some siesta sleep after lunch to prevent the re-start of work from being so traumatic", says Humbelina Robles Ortega, a researcher from the Department of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment of the University of Granada.


3. Wake up early to beat the back-to-work commute crush.

Misery loves company, or so they say, and you can take heart that you are not the only one who has to go through this bleary ordeal. However, “company” means masses of commuters similarly dragging their way to work. While the streets have become less busy during the holidays, you can expect that they will be congested beyond belief when the usual workday rolls in. Save yourself from the headache by waking up earlier to avoid getting late and stressed out way before actually dealing with real work.


4. Have something to look forward to.

Test-drive that new pair of heels, treat yourself to a nice lunch, or actually use that planner you’ve worked so hard to get. Make your holiday-to-work-mode transition easier by giving yourself a little reward. After all, going back to work is no easy feat, especially when the adrenaline rush brought about by the holiday hustle and bustle is starting to wear out.


5. Don’t spread yourself too thin on your first day.

A lot of tasks await you as the year’s first work week commences, and while we would like to get everything done pronto, anxiety-induced multi-tasking is not the way to go. Granted, there are loads of things to be done once work resumes, but unless all of them are urgent, you won’t need to attend to them all at once. Chill out for a minute, and then take a look at the work at hand with fresh eyes. Categorize tasks according to priority level, and attend only to the urgent matters at first. You’ll accomplish a task better by giving it your undivided attention, instead of attempting to juggle everything at the same time. It will also help to approach work with a positive, can-do attitude, instead of seeing it in a negative (and panicked) light.


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