Back to Work: Tips for a Stress-Free Transition after the Holidays

August 22nd 2023

After weeks of relaxation and disconnection during the holidays, facing the return to the work routine can be emotionally and mentally challenging. However, with proper planning and a positive approach, it is possible to make this transition a smoother and more effective experience. In this article, we present tips to help you successfully manage your return to work after the holidays. 

1. Start with Anticipation 

The key to a successful return to routine is anticipation. As the end of your holiday approaches, gradually start preparing for your return to work. Take time to organise your to-do's, set alarms and reminders, and get an overview of the responsibilities that await you. This advance preparation will reduce the feeling of overwhelm when you return to work. 


2. Establish a Gradual Transition 

Don't push yourself too hard on the first day back. Consider starting with a half-day or a few shorter hours to give your mind and body a chance to adjust to the work routine again. Use this time to catch up on emails, review changes in projects and take note of important events you may have missed. 


3. Reorganise your Workspace 

Refreshing your workspace can help you face the return to work with a more positive attitude. Organise your desk, add items that inspire you and eliminate clutter. A tidy and pleasant work environment can influence your productivity and mood. 


4. Set Realistic Goals 

It's tempting to want to solve all your problems and get caught up in a single day, but this can increase stress and anxiety. Instead, set realistic goals for your first day and week back. Prioritise the most important tasks and break them down into manageable steps. This will help you feel more accomplished as you complete them. 


The return to routine after the holidays can be challenging, but with careful planning and a positive mindset, you can face it successfully. These tips will help you approach this process with confidence, maintain your work-life balance, and achieve optimal performance in your work environment. Remember that this transition is an opportunity to grow and prosper in your career. 

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