Tuesday Tips: How to Overcome the Post-Vacation Blues

Posted: April 10, 2012 in Tuesday Tips for Writers
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Students and employees (and even some employers t00!) would have to agree that getting back from a long vacation is twice as hard as actually needing a vacation. And even though you’re refreshed and recharged from a 5 day weekend,  there are a lot of long and deep sighs in the school and in the office.

Here are some tips to help you get back to study and work mode

GET ALL THE STORIES OUT OF THE WAY

You must be brimming with all kinds of stories from your vacation and staycation, from the hilarious to the reflective, so don’t keep them to yourself. Share with your friends and colleagues so you can laugh together or have deep discussions about what God revealed to you during the holy week.

MAKE A LIST

You’re on your way to work and already, you’re panicking just thinking about all the things that need to be done. Take a deep breath, sit down and just list everything that you need to do between today and until Friday. Then you’ll be able to prioritize which ones to do first.

EASE INTO IT

Unless your schedule and deadlines really call for you to dive right in, try to ease yourself slowly into study and work mode. Do the easier things first, like emails, light meetings or checklists (see above) before moving on to the more difficult ones like reports, presentations, more serious meetings etc. You need to condition yourself that vacation really is over and that the “real world” has begun again.

STOP THINKING ABOUT YOUR NEXT VACATION

This is another very common occurrence: that people who come from vacations start planning their next vacation even though it’s still months ahead. This can be a very distracting thing and might also lead you to resent being in school and at work. So while it is nice to think about it every once in a while, don’t do it the first few days you’re back at school/work.

WRITE MOTIVATIONAL STUFF ON POST-ITS AND PLACE IT NEAR YOUR WORK AREA

It’s always helpful to remind yourself of some of the things that has helped you get through this before, whether it’s a Bible verse, a quote from your favorite writer, even an original quote you thought of before.

PRAY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO REVEAL HIS PURPOSE IN SMALL AND BIG WAYS

Because you so enjoyed your vacation, you may lose sight of why you’re where you are in the first few days back, since you’re longing for that relaxing time. Ask God to remind you of your purpose through small things (a comment from a colleague, a congratulatory note from a client or boss) and even big ways (a promotion would be nice wouldn’t it?) . And if you feel like you’re really questioning whether you’re in the right place now, continue to seek His will while still obeying your superiors and giving it your best.

Any other tips you’d like to share with us?

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