Remember your childhood when you had to return back to school after a long vacation?
I know I do! I also remember how anxious I used to feel when that happened. It’s like every year we learned so much, but we were unable to learn how to tackle the anxiety we feel while getting back to school after a long break.
This feeling continued to stay with us and even now when we have a long break, we feel anxious to continue at work.
There are very few people who don’t feel anxious to resume work after a long break. Well, if you think about it, they have certain tricks up their sleeve to help them cope with the post break/vacation anxiety.
Your work resumes a day before the actual date
This one trick is extremely useful not only while resuming work after a long break but also resuming work every week.
Its simple, we all know it but most of us do not understand the importance of this method unless we try it.
So, if your resuming work on Monday, keep your Sunday completely or partially blocked to plan out the tasks that need your attention.
If you are resuming after a long break or vacation, it would be helpful if you go through all the emails and internal team conversation that you might have missed to figure out the status of the tasks and get a heads up on any new development.
After you do that, you need to plan your first day back at work and outline all the tasks based on priorities.
Doing this will give a better perspective of what you need to focus on and your team will definitely appreciate your efforts.
Be prepared for unexpected situations
This is more of a mindset than a trick.
When you are prepared for unexpected situations, your mind feels relaxed and the chances of anxiety are drastically reduced.
I know its easier said than done, but if you know your colleagues and your workplace, there might be a lot of things that might be bothering you. These kind of thoughts and situations are responsible for your anxiety and the sooner you accept them the better you will feel.
If you find it difficult to cope with your thoughts, write them down.
Everybody needs a break
Last but not the least, remember that everyone needs a break. Whether it is planned or unplanned, taking a break can give you a better perspective on your life and work.
A lot of people have had life-changing epiphanies while they took a break.
You deserve the break you just had and many more in the coming years. It’s not important how long you were gone, as long as you feel good, you deserve it and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.