As someone who is used to long weekends since I get a 4 day weekend each week from work, I know the hard feeling that is in place when you’re trying to get back into the swing of things. It’s daunting, yes, I know. You watch the clock as the time progresses and draws nearer to the time you have to arrive for work. Oh man, when did that happen? The weekends really just seem to fly on by, and they seem to fly by faster than when you’re working. Happens to the best of us!

So, how do you get back into the swing of things after a long stretch of days off from work? Well, it’s not always easy, but there are certainly a few tips and tricks to make it at least a little bit easier, and no, they don’t include calling out of work and taking extended time off!

Prioritize. Get back into your work routine a day early by getting up earlier and going to bed earlier. Adjusting your routine back to your work routine will help get you up and out of bed, as wellcas pretty refreshed to begin your first day back. This usually works for me, along with a cup of tea the night prior and a slamming hot cup of coffee straight out of my Keurig machine in the morning. If you’re not used to having breakfast at home, no time is better to start. Fresh bananas mixed with cereal or even a side of oranges and avocados make the morning meal complete. When you’re eating heathier, you’re revitalized and ready to start your day off right.

Keep vacation memories vivid. Bring some photos into work so you can look at them at times we you get too stressed out. Reflecting back on a wonderful vacation has proven to be the biggest stress reliever for me as I often peak at the photos I have stored in my iPhone. It helps to revitalize the brain a little bit that way I can perform at peak performance since I’m not stressed out. Stress, as well all know, is a silent killer, so control it as best as you can, especially when it’s your first day back.

Don’t slam into those brick walls. We all know that your first day back on the job, you shouldn’t be going 90 miles per hour to play catch up as you’ll only crash into a wall. Work your way back into the groove slowly. We all get there at our own pace, but don’t prolong it since prolonging it will only make matters worse as work begins to pile up one by one.

Share your memories. Talk about what you did while you were away from the office to your friends and coworkers while on breaks and lumches. As humans, we are social animals and we love to engage in conversation. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something new about a new place to discover on your next time away!

I’m sure there are way more tips and tricks out there to help you ease back into the daily grind, but for me, these seem to really work the best. Give it a try!

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