Maybe it’s the after-effects of holiday excess or the unpredictable weather and limited sunshine, but after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be difficult to re-establish regular routines come January. So when the jingle bells return to email notifications and the sleigh rides turn back into your regular commute, use the following five tips to jump start your new year.
Set small goals
Jumping back into the thick of things after a break is challenging under the best of circumstances, let alone after the excitement of the holiday season. To help ease the transition, try setting small goals for the first week back. The sense of accomplishment gained after crossing a few items off your to-do list will motivate you to take on bigger and harder tasks.
Make healthy choices
After over-indulging throughout the holiday season, it may be hard to get yourself back on track health-wise. Start small by cleaning out your fridge. Bring leftover cookies and snacks to the office and make sure your home is stocked with healthy snacks that are readily available when those cravings hit! A healthy diet has direct links to good mental health and higher energy levels, so start your year off right with healthy habits.
Find a way to laugh
When you laugh, your body releases endorphins — the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals — that instantly raise your spirits. To exercise your funny bone, consider taking in a comedy show, watching a funny movie or sharing jokes with colleagues and friends. You may find laughing to be the perfect antidote to gloomy January days and long nights.
Perk up your social life
The holiday parties may be over, but your social life doesn’t have to be! To help tackle feelings of loneliness, take some time to reconnect with friends and family. Meet for coffee, start a book club or join a team sport. Surrounding yourself with people may be the distraction you need to beat the post-holiday blues.
Make positive changes
Remember, the new year can mean a new you! Try to look at January as a fresh start in making those positive changes in your life. Ready for a new career? Start by revising your résumé. Looking to get in shape? Check out your local gym. Taking small steps to stay on track with those New Year’s resolutions will leave you feeling positive and accomplished.
Don’t let January drag you down! With the right start, 2018 may be your best year yet!
From all of us here at Adecco Canada, we wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!
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