After the sand and sangria of your summer holiday, it can be hard to come back to work. It can also put a little dampener on things to know that the days will soon be shorter.
That is unless of course you really love autumn, like I do. But I know for many people that this time of year can feel like an anti-climax.
Here’s the big question that I want you to consider:
If you are feeling a bit down, then is it just that the holidays are over and you are ‘back to reality’? If so, then I have some great, free help for you (read on).
Or… If you are feeling low about returning to work after a break, is it that work itself is the issue?
Often we sweep these nagging feelings of “I don’t want to be here” under the rug, and carry on with the day-to-day like good, responsible adults. But if your gut tells you that you would be happier pursuing a different line of work, then please don’t silence that little voice forever. Your instinct is usually right, and always worth exploring.
If the second question hit home, then you can stop reading this post now – it’s served its purpose for you. Go and grab your journal and start writing down your thoughts and dreams for your future. You might not be able to change course immediately, but it’s never too early to start planning. If you would like some coaching on this, reach out to me here.
However, if the first question hit home for you, then read on…
Quick tips to turn around the ‘post summer holiday blues’
Here are a few things you can try today, and at no cost, to start feeling good again.
- Don’t dodge the physical activity!
Before our summer holiday, many of us get quite focussed on healthy eating and taking some exercise. It’s not surprising – we all want to feel comfortable hitting the beach in our swimwear. But post-holiday we often let that routine go, and find ourselves opting for an evening on the sofa instead.
I’m not saying you need to become a workout-obsessed, gym-selfie-taking green juice detox bunny! I’m just here to remind you that exercise naturally boosts our endorphins, those happy brain chemicals, so if you are feeling a bit low on energy then try getting your blood pumping.
It can be hard to get motivated after a day at the office – but just remember that you will always feel better afterwards – even if you feel sluggish before you start.
- Remember what you enjoy about work
If the thought of going back to the office is less than thrilling, then see if you can switch up your perspective a little bit. Who are your friends at work? Who are you looking forward to catching up with? Do you have a favourite coffee shop near work that you can visit on your break?
Then there is the work itself. What part of your role is the most fulfilling? Instead of worrying about the state of your post-holiday inbox, focus on the satisfying parts of your job that fill you with a sense of purpose and pride.
- Get some community support
Next month from Monday, September 3rd, I am running a 4-week challenge to get a group of like-minded people feeling like their best selves again.
Do you remember that feeling you had as a kid in the summer holidays – that sense of endless freedom? My aim is to get that feeling back for us adults too.
It’s called the September Freedom Challenge, and each week I will be sharing an inspirational story, a simple task as homework, and checking in with you along the way.
If that sounds fun to you, then I would love for you to join me. Head here to sign up!
I’d just like to leave you with this quote.
“The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest.”
We all need purpose and direction in our lives to be happy, that’s just a part of what makes us human. So as long as you are in the right line of work for you, remembering what I said earlier about listening to your instinct, then I’d say throw yourself into it and enjoy the buzz of doing something that you are great at. And you will know when you are throwing yourself into the right work, as it just feels so right.
If you think your career is off track and want to talk about finding the right work for you, then feel free to drop me an enquiry here.