Well, y’all, it’s two days after Christmas, and let me tell you: I’m dragging. Today was my first day back at work, and although it was a pretty quiet day, I still struggled. I think we’ve all experienced this, right? You get a day or two off for a holiday, or maybe you go on a week-long vacation. Whatever it is, when you return to your everyday life, it’s hard to get back into the swing of things and recover from your holiday. I know it is for me!
When I was in college, there were two times of year that made it really hard for me to keep my focus. Thanksgiving break, for one, always fell right before dead week (also known as the week of nothingness that precedes the week of
hell finals), which meant that I always had kick my lazy butt into gear when I got back to school. And with just a week or two left in the semester, that is so brutal! The end is in sight, and you’ve just come back from a lovely vacation. Then, suddenly and without warning, you plunge headfirst into madness and procrastination. Spring break was about the same, although it wasn’t ever placed so close to the end of the semester. Still, coming back to school after a nice, relaxing week was never really my favorite thing.
Now that I’ve graduated, I have found that the effect of a holiday is different, but no less potent. I don’t have long breaks to look forward to anymore, so the holidays that I do get, I cling to like my life depends on it! And when I go back to work, even after just a three-day weekend, I’m inwardly groaning the whole rest of the week.
So, what is there to do about this predicament? I’m not typically one to wallow in misery, so today I decided to figure out ways to recover from a holiday. I think we could all use some of these tips every now and then!
For Goodness’ Sake, Don’t Mess Up Your Sleep Schedule
This is probably the thing that I do the most often that really hurts me when I go back to work. I love to sleep. There’s not a whole lot that’s better than crawling into my nice, warm, comfortable bed at the end of a long day and just passing out. The problem that I run into (frequently) is that on a weekend or a holiday or a vacation, I oversleep. Then, because I slept way too late in the day, I can’t sleep at night. So I stay up, which means I sleep even later the next day, stay up later the next night, and so on. When it’s time to go back to work, I set my alarm for 7:00 am, but I can’t fall asleep. That first day back at work, I usually end up running on just a few hours’ sleep, even though I tried to go to bed at a normal hour. Not only is this awful for my health and well-being, but it’s also horribly boring to toss and turn for hours!
Approach Every Day with a Positive Attitude
This is going to mean something a little bit different to everyone. You do you. I’m not here to tell you how to live your life. What this means to me is making a conscious effort to think about the good things in life. While I’m driving to work, I try to appreciate the beauty of God’s many creations around me. When I’m interacting with my coworkers, I try to appreciate their kindness. If it’s a slow day (like today), I try to find something to do rather than just sitting bored. It’s all about your mentality. Thinking positive can make you feel more positive, and that can influence your interactions all day long!
Find Some Time to Do What You Love
There’s nothing worse than looking back on the last year of your life to find that you didn’t dedicate any time to your passions. Trust me – I know. I love to write, but I kept putting off my own writing because it didn’t seem as important as other things. I love photography, but I didn’t make time to pursue that art. With the end of the year quickly approaching, I’ve come to realize that I would be a lot happier if I made the time to do what I love. I’ve stopped procrastinating and started doing, and it’s an awesome feeling! I started this blog (with Cole’s help), began writing a novel, and am pursuing photography as a side job. Yes, I’m busy, but I like it that way! Which leads me to…
Prioritize, Make a Plan, and Stick to It
If you’re like me, when you start thinking about the things you want to do, you end up with a million ideas and not enough hours in the day. That’s okay! I have so many ideas buzzing around my head at any given time. It’s a little overwhelming! It helps me a lot to make lists and lay out all of my thoughts on paper. Make lists, write down random thoughts, and you might just be surprised by some of the wonderful ideas you find! Once you’ve gotten your thoughts down on paper, it will be a lot easier to organize them. Prioritize and figure out what is most important to you right now – then make a plan and do it! You can even use the same process that I use for New Year’s Resolutions.
Do you struggle to recover from your holiday? How do you get back into the swing of things? Let us know in the comments!