Valérie Fernandez

By Valérie Fernandez

August 11, 2016


7 Tips for Beating Back-to-Work Blues

Article revised on 29 August 2017

The new school year is not too far away and unfortunately we will see summer vacation soon come to an end. While the weather is still lovely and warm, before you know it, fall will be in full swing.

Here are a few tips on how to ease back into the swing of things:

1. Focus on the positive: Have a positive attitude, and think about the enjoyable aspects of your job. People who are optimistic are generally more energetic and happier.

2. Enjoy a cocktail!  We still have some warm summer evenings left. Why not have a little cocktail on the patio before dinner, like you did during your holidays?

3. Make it last! Prepare nice lunches for yourself, dress comfortably, tell your co-workers about your trip, etc. Incorporate a little of that just-back-from-vacation glow into your daily life.

4. If it’s a sunny day… Avoid having that closed-in feeling by walking at least part of the way in to work. And go outside for your lunch and coffee breaks…

5. Find a motivating challenge: When you go back to work, take on a project or a professional challenge you find interesting. It’s easier to get back in the saddle when you have the right motivation.

6. Be active: Physical activity is a great stress reliever. It reduces anxiety and contributes to your physical and mental well-being.

7. Be realistic in your expectations: No one can give 120% the first day they’re back in the office. Allow yourself a little time to readjust to your regular routine. Schedule time for catching up (emails, new projects, job changes, etc.).

Not there yet?

Persistent feelings of anxiety and apprehension about returning to work may be a sign of a more serious problem that’s developing.

Try to figure out why you’re feeling this way. Speaking with a healthcare professional can shed light on the problem and help come up with solutions on how to get things back into balance.

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The Viva Workplace health and wellness program is a turnkey program that’s specially designed to meet employers’ needs with regard to health and wellness promotion and prevention.

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