Bank Holiday Blues!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


 

I’m back, after a lovely 5 day break off work! How do I feel….tired, very very tired. It’s always a fun-filled, non-stop time when I visit my boyfriends family. As he is the oldest  of 6 there’s plenty of hyper-active youngsters buzzing to be around a new face (me). Babysitter/girlfriend/entertainer is my full title.

How do I cope with going back into work after time off?

This is something that many people struggle with, that is coming back to work after getting a little bit used to doing your own thing and relaxing. If you have ever had an extended period of time off and then have to return it’s like jumping from being a child to being in full-time work with a house and kids to look after (not that I know what that’s like, but I can imagine). 

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Taking it easy is easier said than done, but remember, if you’re working for someone you don’t have to jump straight back in to a heap load of pressure. It is your boss’ duty to maintain the welfare of the employees within their business and if that means that you aren’t quite ready for such a big work load then you take your time and do it at your own pace.

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Getting back into a routine if you have fallen out of the early starts is a tough one. I tend to maintain setting an earlier alarm to keep my body used to waking up at a particular time. There’s nothing worse that going into work on a few hours of sleep…arguably worse than a hangover! If you can sacrifice your lye ins or even bring them forward slightly, you’ll benefit from it when it comes to returning back to work.

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I have previously mentioned about planning ahead to make sure that you have plenty to look forward to and avoid burning out. So, I have a big calendar up on my wall next to my desk with all the day’s holiday I have booked off. By visually seeing how much longer I have left and when my next day off is, even if I’m not doing anything special I am able to give myself something to look forward to.


Remember to help yourself in any way you can to avoid burning out at work due to stress. It is so common to feel over worked and tired simply because you haven’t taken a day off. It’s the little things that help you get through, even if you don’t realise it. 

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


A quick update carrying on from yesterday’s post. So to sum up what’s been going on since one of my family members was diagnosed with cancer… Yesterday she went in for life changing surgery and so far we have heard positive news from the nurses. To be honest my stomach made its way back up to the normal position after it dropped hearing the news last week so it’s looking good at the moment. If you haven’t read the post yet, you can find it here.


Onto some more uplifting topics…(slightly) 

If you didn’t already know, I’ve got a week off work next week and I’m absolutely buzzing…yes I’m going to say it everyday until it happens so you’ll just have to deal with it….here’s a clue though….

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I find that when I plan to book a day or a few days off work I need to make the most of it as I’m limited on how many I have left to take. However, even if I just fancy a day off I will do it because having that down time where you don’t have to set your alarm, you don’t have to rush in and get bored with your journey every day and most of all you can do whatever you want (within reason) is soooo important

My older brother hasn’t taken a day off in the last four months which, to me is absolutely crazy and I don’t know how he’s still functioning. What I have noticed however, is how his stress levels are now slowly increasing day by day. Sometimes, even if you feel like you’re on top of everything, others will realise the changes before you do. Being stressed at work quite often results in snapping at the small things at home which obviously creates unnecessary tensions between you and your family…not ideal let’s be honest.

How do you deal with the stresses of work life? 

As I said before, taking the days off that you are entitled to are a great start to relieving that pressure so you don’t burn out. I know how it feels to have your boss/bosses looking over you, expecting you to perform above and beyond your job description. Even when you love your job, things can become overwhelming and you must remember, you’re only one person and you know your limits.

It’s completely normal to be a bit stressed after a hard day in the office, but is it fair to take it out on those around you at home? Not really.

Keep your energy levels high! Quite often we can find ourselves in a rut when it comes to diet and exercise. With such little time to prepare a healthy meal, relax, sleep and get back to work it can be so easy to just get a McDonald’s or order in a takeaway. I understand how hard it can be to fit it all in, but I have managed to personally persevere and get into a routine of preparing double the amount for dinner so I have enough for lunch at work the next day. Not only does this take off the pressure and time you would have spent making something in the morning, but you also benefit from that healthy boost midday.

Making sure you get enough sleep is something a lot of people overlook these days. It’s just as important as a healthy diet. Sleep allows your body to regenerate and enable you to start again the next day. Get rid of those shopping bags under your eyes, and YES it does also help with weight loss so I want all of you to go to sleep and shed those pounds!


Moral: Healthy body, healthy mind…It works both ways people! Be smart and go to sleep!