When you’re coming back to work after having several months off, you may notice that during the time you had off, your schedule was shifted to the point that it may feel strange to be going back.
Shared below are some tips to help you with the transition of going back after time off, so you can quickly get back to your best, productive, and focused work self.
Here Are 5 Tips for Getting Back to Work After Months Off:
Get Your Sleep Schedule Back to Normal Before You Go Back
If during your time off your sleep schedule went a little haywire, don’t sweat it. A sudden change in any routine can easily throw anyone off their rhythm.
When you’re getting back to work after having a couple months off, try to get back into a consistent bedtime and wake-up time a week or so before you head back to work (if you have notice) so your body can find its center again. Proper sleep is so important to avoiding burn out, having good concentration and high productivity.
Keep Time for Daily Exercise and Stress Relief
Don’t forget to keep space carved out for you and your wellness. Part of feeling great and getting back in the groove of working again comes from keeping up with regular movement and consistent stress relief.
Any time you make a change in your life it creates a certain level of stress, and you’ll want to make sure that you manage that. H heading back after having so much time off may feel really stressful and totally different than it did before, especially if you’re starting a brand-new job. Keep taking care of yourself and utilize daily movement to stay healthy and energized.
Give Yourself Permission and Space to Relax
When you’re heading back to work you may find that the need to move at super speed may be nagging at your subconscious. Either to impress your new boss, co-workers or to catch up and get settled again into your work routine.
While you’re getting adjusted in being back at work, don’t forget to seek out having balance with proper breaks and permission to relax when you’re not working. The mind has a tendency to keep running, even after the workday is done and that can lead to a feeling of never truly relaxing or refreshing. Don’t forget that you still space to recharge and that it’s important to make time for it.
Don’t Forget to Eat Regularly and Take Breaks
Getting back to work can sometimes mean a mountain of projects that are time consuming and require an immense amount of brain power and energy. As you’re getting used to being back, remember to stick with a regular eating schedule of 3-4 hours so your energy doesn’t crash by skipping meals.
The body works best when it’s properly nourished and given the energy it needs from high quality food. Try to make all your meals balanced with protein, vegetables, and grains so that your stomach feels full and your mind gets the nutrition it needs.
Keep Communication Channels as Open as Possible
There may be a certain level of nervousness or desire to prove yourself when you get back to work after having time off, and that’s totally normal. Make sure that you have regular communication with your team, boss or coworkers so have access to the training, answers and support you need to be successful.
It’s a transition to head back to work and it may not be without bumps or blocks. Part of being great at your job is being able to communicate in a healthy way what you need and how you can be at your best when it comes to the work that’s asked of you. Don’t be afraid to have conversations with people you trust and who can teach you what you need to know.
There’s no perfect formula for getting back to work after having time off, but these tips can help you make the transition smoother and less stressful so you can set yourself up for success in your job.
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