After the holidays it’s not uncommon for people to feel a little sluggish and even depressed. According to a New York based psychologist, these feelings are normal after any big event. To help you get your energy back to normal levels here are a few tips on how to fight the post-holiday slump.
Plan something fun to look forward to
One of the main causes of the “post-holiday slump” is that there is nothing to look forward to after its over. Try booking a vacation in January or February or even plan a post-holiday party. This will ensure that you still have something to look forward to after the holiday decorations have been put away.
Create a plan or set a goal
Having a business plan already created or goals preset before the holidays will make it a little easier for you and your staff to jump back into work. Smoothly getting back in the swing of things can ease stress and tension, which in turn can prevent depression and mind numbing fatigue.
Organize your desk
It is better to clear your desk before leaving for the holidays, but you can still clean it off at the start of the New Year. Having a neat and organized workspace you make it easier for you to focus, which in turn improves productivity.
It is easy to do almost anywhere, even behind your desk, and is an extremely effective way to relax and reenergize. Meditation is a popular relaxation technique that is being employed in homes and businesses around the world. Many of today’s companies even offer meditation classes for their employees. Yoga uses breathing techniques to help practitioners relax, and it can also improve concentration, mental focus and creativity. All of which can benefit any company.
Write a to-do list
Before heading back to work have a to-do list ready to go, though psychologists do recommend waiting to make it until the morning. Having the list planned too far in advance can make it difficult for your brain to stop focusing on it, and this means loss of sleep. Not only will you feel tired and sluggish your first day back at work, you won’t have the energy to start crossing items off the to-do list.
Frame a new picture for your office
Nothing makes it easier to get past the post-holiday blues like a new picture in the office. It doesn’t matter if it is a family photo from a recent vacation, the holidays or just one of your favorites. Looking at the picture can prevent depression, and help you keep your energy levels up.
These simple tips should help you fight back the post-holiday blues and sail through the rest of the long cold winter. If you feel that your depression is severe, a licensed therapist might be able to help you get out of the slump.