Often the most daunting tasks is the thought of going back to work and into your old or new routine after a holiday break! Going back can be a big shock to your body yet it mostly comes down to only being as hard as you think and believe it to be! So here are some tips for you to start getting back into your routine after taking a holiday with a flying start!
Don’t look at your first and/or second week back into work as one long hard slog until some other holiday way off far down the months and months track comes around.. but instead break it up into days and at least view the first few as a chance to happily get back into your routine, catch up with your work colleagues and still work but keep in mind to take it a little easier.
You might have been one to madly get everything done before your holiday, working long hours and skipping or eating lunch at your desk. So start back and your New Year off with good work/life balance and a healthy routine ensuring you get to work on time, have your breaks and lunch and leave in good time too. Once your body has adjusted you will feel much better and it will be easier to go back onto your full 8 cylinders happily!
It’s critical to learn how to reclaim your exercise routine otherwise you can risk staying out of it forever. If you’ve been away from your routine for two or more weeks, don’t expect to start where you left off. Cut your workload down 30-40% to give your body time to readjust and also give yourself some more realistic goals and expectations. Sometimes a break can put you going back feeling better than ever for your first session but then knock you for six for the next few days, it depends a lot on your fitness and previous routine. If you were training daily and then nothing you will notice a bigger difference than if you were only training once or twice a week.
Don’t focus on how unfit you’ve become or how much you’ve eaten and put on weight over Christmas! And certainly don?t think about not exercising at all because of this! Get your gear on and start because the more you put it off the worse it will become and the more time you will waste not being in your best state. Exercise helps you in all areas of your life so look forward to it enjoy it and be thankful that you have the chance to be able to do it because there are some people out there that just can’t and you don’t want to find yourself one day unable to and look back and regret when you could have done it. Remember it’s the things we don’t do that we later on regret the most..
Holidays can definitely put your sleeping habits out of whack with late nights and lay ins so try to get to bed a bit earlier on your first week back at work. No doubt you will be feeling pretty tired anyway so my biggest tip is as soon as you get home organize yourself for the next day first, then sit back have dinner and jump into bed. Trying to get up early all of a sudden, work all day and then stay up doing more things will shock your body even more than just being at work again and will leave you feeling a whole lot less like getting back into your routine and going to work! So your first 2 weeks back are paramount for getting a good night sleep.
Think about and look forward to all the OPPORTUNITIES that lie ahead of you now that you’re back from a holiday – rested and rejuvenated!!