Did you leave work a couple of weeks in after returning from vacation thinking it must have been months since you had some time off? Your shoulders are already up by the ears, and you actually don’t know how to manage next week’s calendar…
Moving back in time to the days before first day back at work. You were busy preparing for the start of the new term, feeling quite exited to get back into the routine and putting the good energy to work, literally.
How can we keep this excitement, how can we use the energy without depleting ourselves of it?
A holiday can peel of that layer of resistance that we build up during the year. This is a good thing, but when we are back at work and everyday chores we need it back to be able to be on top of things again. It works as a shield and as an autopilot, enabling us to keep our calm within, when there is an endless schedule to keep up with.
Personally I would say that this is one of the reason for the stress we feel when coming back. We are out of practice; all the small everyday tasks that we usually do automatically now needs a time frame, a place in the calendar, and that together with all the meetings and deadlines that are back in our lives
Try to end each day at work by looking over the next day’s content, what needs be done and when? Try to stretch the free time, meet a friend after work, or take a walk outside, make every free moment valuable. But remember, a moment of value can well be a slow breakfast at home on a Saturday morning.
And keep the days of holiday alive; when the calendar seem to fill up faster than you can handle, take a moment to remember the vacation activities, maybe you strolled slowly through a quaint village, maybe days were filled with swim and play on a beach…
Print out some photos, frame them together and hang up on a wall.
By Frida Sjögren