Back to reality

Back to reality

Don’t we all wish holidays would stay around forever? Spending time with family and friends and spending whole days at the beach or at the park would be a dream. Unfortunately most of us don’t have such luck and if we were completely honest with ourselves, we’d probably be sick of relaxing after a month at most and crave a new project. Getting back into the swing of work life and getting the kids ready for back to school is a challenge. Going from zero to productive all in one blue Monday is not for the faint hearted.

On the positive end, you’re well rested and ready to take on a new and exciting year. The best advice is to start early, get organized and be realistic. If you have been away, try not to come home when you absolutely have to. Give yourself a day or two extra to get yourself in a good frame of mind and reflect on the past year and set goals for the year ahead.

Whether it is getting stationary and uniform sorted or going back to the office and sorting through a hundred emails or both, you need to have a plan in place. And lastly, Rome was not built in a day so it’s okay to leave your out-of-office email in for an extra day while you play catch up.

Get into healthy habits

You will thank yourself for getting into healthy habits early. Money can be especially tight in January so cooking dinner every night and packing lunches daily is essential to avoid overspending on unnecessary take-aways or overpriced canteen/deli food.

Maybe this would be an ideal time to start pre-packaging and freezing your week’s dinners. It takes about 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon to chop up your vegetables, cook 2 or 3 soups and stews of your choice, place in airtight containers and freeze for reheating during the week. Heat up only as much as you need because reheating food over and over again can lead to food poisoning.

Get back to your workout routine or start a jogging or walking. Exercise is an excellent stress reliever and mood booster. Give yourself something to look forward to to help you get through your first week, whether it’s a new book to read on the weekend or a dvd you have been meaning to watch. This can ease your holiday withdrawal symptoms.

Here’s to hoping you have a productive year with many memorable family moments.

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