How to Deal with the Remote Work Blues After a Vacation

After returning from a relaxing vacation, it can be difficult to adjust to the work environment. Many people experience a period of low mood lasting a few days to a week after returning to work. This is a normal feeling, and you are not alone in this. Remember to take some time to reflect on the moments you enjoyed while away, such as sipping a margarita whilst admiring a beautiful sunset. This can help to ease the transition back into work.

For many, Christmas is a time of year that brings joy and wonder. An opportunity to enjoy a variety of delicious treats, share quality time with loved ones, partake in activities that may not otherwise be possible and, if possible, travel to a distant and exciting destination. A chance to take a break from the mundane and put aside any worries or responsibilities.

The month of January is the issue.

January is a complex time of year, with its own unique pressures and opportunities. It is common to recognise a rise in weight at this time of year, alongside the financial cost of travel. Now that the festive season is over, it is time to return to our daily obligations.

Post-holiday blues may be a familiar experience for many of us; it has become a common occurrence when returning to work.

Ihor Shcherbinin, Director of Recruitment at Works, offers four tips in this article to assist in overcoming the post-holiday blues while returning to work or any other holiday. Mr Shcherbinin is the only living individual to have successfully accomplished this.

Getting Over the Vacation Blues

Upon returning home after an extended period away (frequently a holiday), some individuals may find themselves experiencing a sense of despondency, commonly referred to as ‘post-vacation blues’ or ‘post-travel sadness’.

Psychiatrists suggest that the feeling of gloominess experienced after the holidays could be due to a sense of loss. This is likely to be caused by the decrease in activity and intensity of the holiday period compared to everyday life. It is not uncommon to experience feelings of depression after returning to work after an enjoyable vacation, game, or watching a series on Netflix.

How can you return to normalcy after the Christmas break?

Ihor Shcherbinin has reported feeling depressed upon returning to the office. He has found himself uninspired and overwhelmed by the demands of his workload, despite the fact that he enjoys his job and colleagues. He has expressed his confusion as to why he feels this way.

The American Psychological Association reported that 56% of people felt more stressed out than usual when returning to work from a vacation, suggesting that the majority of individuals do experience such emotions.

Ihor compiled his four most effective methods for overcoming the post-holiday blues as follows:

1. You Must Adjust Your Perspective.

How you frame your feelings about the holidays makes all the difference.

The concept of holidays is often viewed in a stereotypical way. We were accustomed to a large portion of our year being taken up by schoolwork and lectures. During the summer, we had the opportunity to experience two months of freedom, which was an unparalleled sensation. However, when these two months came to an end, the feeling of ‘post-holiday blues’ was often the first indication that it was time to return to school.

Vacations are often seen as a time to take a break from work and other commitments and enjoy ourselves. Whether it is travelling abroad or staying at home and spending quality time with family, it is important to make the most of these opportunities as they will not be available when we resume our professional duties.

It can be difficult to adjust to life after the holidays, but it is important to remember that obligations such as work do not have to equate to worry and responsibility. One way to overcome post-holiday blues is to challenge the false belief that one is unable to enjoy life due to their job.

Playing football, making dinner, and meeting your 8 p.m. deadline are all possible if you set out time for them.

It is important to remember that our workload does not have to take up our entire day. Making the decision to put our mental health first and adjust our outlook can help us to live a more content and healthy life. We should not put off enjoyment and relaxation until our next holiday, as we can make changes to our lives now to start benefitting from them.

Advice: Plan in some playtime.

2. Rise and Shine

It may be relatively easy for some people to wake up early in the morning; they are able to take a shower and eat breakfast as soon as their alarm sounds. However, for others, it can be a much more difficult task. They must set numerous alarms and consume large amounts of caffeine in order to be wide awake.

It can be difficult to readjust to a regular routine following a holiday, however, think of it this way. Waking up at a reasonable time, such as 7am, offers plenty of opportunity to be productive and enjoy the day. This could include participating in physical activities, preparing nutritious meals, heading to work, or doing anything else that brings you satisfaction.

When rising late, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with the thought of having insufficient time to do other activities in addition to consuming food and working. This can lead to feelings of guilt when taking time out for yourself, which can exacerbate the post-holiday blues.

It is recommended that one gradually adjust their morning routine. Instead of setting an alarm for 9am, try setting it for 8:45am and then 8:30am the following day. This can be repeated until a time is reached that allows for productivity.

Learning to ignore your inner night owl and get enough sleep is essential for being an early riser (7-8 hours).

3. Sit in Silence and Reflect

Meditation has gained an increasing level of popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Individuals may have diverse motivations for practising it, but those who commit to a regular routine often report a marked improvement in their sense of wellbeing. There are numerous benefits associated with a regular meditation practice, including the following:

  • Positing a fresh viewpoint on difficult circumstances
  • Developing strategies to cope with stress
  • Developing a deeper understanding of oneself
  • By concentrating on the here and now
  • Lessening the impact of bad feelings
  • A rise in inventiveness and originality
  • Raising levels of tolerance and patience

Ihor reported that incorporating meditation into his routine has helped him to manage the holiday blues. He initially began meditating two months ago, but did not make it a daily habit. After the holidays, he made a conscious effort to practice it as soon as he awoke, and has found that it assists him in shifting his perspective and provides him with greater clarity.

Since he implemented the strategies during the initial week of his holiday, he has been able to maintain harmony between his work and leisurely moods. By utilising the methods in combination, he has been able to keep both feelings in balance.

Use guided meditation and sounds from apps like Calm or Waking Up to get in touch with yourself if you’re new to meditation.

4. Pay Attention Here and Now

After the holidays, it is common to experience feelings of sadness. This can be attributed to feeling disconnected from the present moment and instead reliving fond memories of the vacation. This can cause unhappiness or feelings of depression. To combat this, it is important to try and focus on the here and now.

It is important to be present in the moment and make the most of each day. Taking the time to fully engage in the tasks at hand will help us make the most of our week, rather than counting down the days until the weekend. We should strive to make every day meaningful, rather than wasting time and allowing our days to pass us by. Let us strive for a meaningful and productive week.

H. Shcherbinin, Ihor

It is important to be present and engaged, whether attending an in-person meeting with colleagues or participating in a virtual meeting. Listen carefully to what others are saying and contribute to the conversation. When writing a significant paper, put in your best effort and use the most efficient methods available when editing.

Ihor suggested that anybody interested in living in the now and making the most of each day read Awakening your Ikigai by Ken Mogi.

The Last Word on Vacation Depression

Even somebody such as Ihor, who takes great pleasure in their job and the colleagues they interact with on a daily basis, may experience post-holiday blues upon returning to the workplace.

Imagine having no support system in place. Working with staff who lack an understanding of your cultural values and methods of working can be a source of frustration and stress, resulting in a state of ongoing post-vacation blues.

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