The end of the holidays and the entry into the routine is a factor that causes stress, anxiety and a sense of fatigue for many people, bringing with it all the agitation associated with discipline with schedules, workload, and routines with children. Restarting the routine may lead to stress, and a strong sense of fatigue can be felt initially because your body is getting used to another rhythm again.
Katherine Nordal, Ph.D., executive director of professional practice at the American Psychological Association (APA) defines holidays blues as
"Our body slowed down during the holidays and the body develops a new, slower rhythm, which it enjoys much more. We recharge batteries on a physical and emotional level and it is normal for us to be resilient to accelerate again. We are not programmed to live at such a rapid pace, and our body and mind try to tell us this ".
Through the study conducted by the American Psychological Association uncovered some interesting data about the holiday blues:
- Most people identify feelings of positive feelings (happiness, love, and good mood) during the holidays, these emotions were often accompanied by feelings of fatigue, stress, irritability, bloating and sadness.
- Unexpectedly, 56 percent of respondents reported experiencing the greatest amount of stress at work after their vacations. Only 29 percent experienced greater amounts of stress at home.
However, it is possible to use tools that can help prevent post-vacation stress and entry into the routine in a calm and quiet way:
1. Set goals
The arrival at work after a vacations is synonymous with a lot of work accumulated and many hours in front of the computer to be able to follow all the developments occurred. A S.M.A.R.T definition of objectives is crucial to avoid post-vacation stress. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound – S.M.A.R.T. Do it in a fragmented and correct way so it can have the desired results. Certain rules must be taken into account, such as:
- Don’t create a long to-do list;
- Set a timing to accomplish them;
- You should be able to measure them;
- Do not complicate and revise the goals you have set each day to create a sense of accomplishment when you see them being hit.
2. Remember moments
Try to remember a particular moment of your holiday that will awaken the sense of peace. It could be when a looked at the sea, our a moment when walking on the mountain or simply a family dinner.
3. Increase sleep and relax time
Due to the extra effort that is required in adapting to the rhythm of work again and to all the tasks of the day to day… Our advice is: get at least 8 hours of sleep, this way your body can return and adapt to the routine, in a healthy way.
4. Track your performance in Real Time
The use of applications can be an essential aid in our day to day routine, as it provides useful information for our physical and psychological well-being. There are several examples of applications for the most diverse objectives. Performetric's application is a good example of an application that can help you track your performance by giving you real-time information about your fatigue levels and giving you warnings about when it is time to take a break and stay productive.