Once the Christmas festivities ended, the cocktails gulped and the last of fireworks lit up the sky, the panicky feeling of getting back to work hits you hard in the guts. Post-holiday blues make it hard for us to stay energized, focused and motivated to answer emails and become more productive in the office. Good thing there are ways to lift your spirit and get back on track:

Sweat it Out

Working out boost your energy levels. If you still feel drained after days of partying, then exercise can help you spring back at the top of your game. A 20-30 minute brisk walk or jog can make a difference in your energy levels. If it is too cold outside, then you can do the action at home. Try to look for workout routines online that you can easily follow. More so, there are smartphone applications dedicated for at home exercises.

Get organized and list your plans

Taking a time off can lose your sense of momentum. To minimize your anxiety, write down your tasks. This will give you time to clear your head and be in control in the first day of your work. When creating a list, write down set of realistic tasks that you can accomplish within a day or two.

Plan your Transition

Don’t just report to work without a clear plan of attack on which tasks to do first. We tend to make up for all the meetings and projects that piled up during our break. While it is true that we have to attend to these pressing matters, we must take things one step at a time. Transition your tasks to avoid being overwhelmed by the volume, size or deadlines.  Allot your time properly and minimize meeting on the first day. Before RSVP’ing for a meeting, ask for the agenda and your role for the meeting so you can decide whether you should attend or not.

Spruce up your workspace

Are you still feeling the slump? A change of environment might get you into work mode. Declutter your cubicle or redesign your workspace to clear up your head. A clean and organized work space allows you to concentrate on the tasks at hand.

Catch up with your Colleagues

Perk up your social life and boost your mood. During break, relive your holidays and exchange some of the funniest and most memorable moments with your colleagues. Reconnecting with your colleagues also help them ease out from their own deal of post-holiday blues.

As festive as they can be, the holidays can be overwhelming for our brains.  Socializing, shopping, partying and traveling can take a toll on your stress. However, with the right preparation and mindset, you can beat the post-holiday blues and get back on track in no time.