13 Ways To Get Motivated After Post-Holiday Blues

The week after Christmas can seem like a drag. Even the time after the turn of the new year can be a drag as well. After enjoying a rather large holiday break, the idea of getting back to work can be a massive drag. After all, the next long weekend isn’t any sooner until Easter.

It’s easy for us all to fall into a slump and find work completely unbearable. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can break out of that holiday slump and boost your productivity.


Make A To-Do List

While some people say to-do lists are a waste of time, they’re not. They are a strong method in keeping everything in check and organized. After all, how are you going to stay on top of everything if you’re not aware of what must be done.

A to-do list helps you in putting together what must be done and can also help you put together a proper work flow.



Express Gratitude

When we are going to work, it’s easy to get into that grind and forget about why we’re going to work. Work also has a way of getting us into a place where we forget about the things that we’re grateful for.

It’s for these reasons we ought to start our morning off in a positive way. This can be done by expressing gratitude for the things in our lives and the things that our work brings us.



Decorate The Office With Holiday Photos

While this might seem unusual, it makes sense from a motivational standpoint. Reminding yourself of good times can be motivational for some people, especially when you bring those memories with you to the office.

What I’m suggesting is bringing a few photos to remind you of those times. The photo should help you as a reminder of the love and connection that comes from the holidays. Even if they are over, we still have those memories.



Get A Plant

On the note of getting photos, plants also are helpful too. Today, there is a lot of research that proves that having a plant at home reduces stress. The same is true at the office. Not only that, but some plants can release chemicals that enhance productivity too. Consider a 2009 study that found those recovering from any surgery had lower blood pressure and lower anxiety levels when they had plants around them.

While you won’t be going right to work after surgery, of course, the fact remains that there is something in plants that benefits people in all kinds of situations.



Set Some Time Outside Of The Office

While the holiday break is over, that doesn’t mean you need to be sinking back to your routine all over again. Take this time now to remind yourself that your time outside of the office is important too.

Of course you still got work to do, but there is still time during the day to do other things. Taking the opportunity to do other activities can help you in energizing yourself.



Count On Your Support System

Remember you are not alone in this. You don’t have to be suffering in silence. If things are bad, don’t be afraid to call up friends or family during this time. These are people who give you some social connectivity and belonging. Not only that, but they are also healthy sources if you want to talk to someone.



Focus On The Growth

It’s easy to sink back into the idea of returning to work and getting down about that. Whatever you think of your job is up to you, but I encourage you to focus on the positive aspects over the negatives. See your return to work as another year of employment and growth for yourself in life.

When you are positive about what you are doing, the more likely you’ll get more things done better.



Showing Kindness To Yourself

There is no point in beating yourself up over mistakes or when you are feeling down. Often times, those venting methods are more destructive than helpful. Instead, stop yourself and show more kindness to yourself.

Train yourself to be a positive self-talker. How you can do that is show more gratitude and consider practicing affirmations.



Don’t Forget About Your Breaks

If you’re working a standard 9-to-5 job you’ve got standard breaks, but that’s not always the case for the entrepreneurial types.

Whatever the case is, make sure you are taking breaks regularly and you’re not pushing yourself too hard. Trying to pull off 10 hour work days is brutal. It’s something people should avoid in general, but it’s also not smart to do after taking a long break.

Don’t feel ashamed to take a few minutes out of your work day to take a break. Call up a friend or loved one, get up and stretch, or go for a little walk.



Laugh More

There is humour in almost all aspects of your life when you look at it. Laughing can boost productivity because it releases chemicals that make us more relaxed and upbeat. Much like positivity, seeing things in a positive light can boost our productivity.



Focus On What Is In Your Control

You can’t control traffic, weather, economy, and more. Many people harp on these problems and it can drag them down a lot. Instead of doing that, spend time on what you can control. These are your actions and reactions. By controlling these, you can lower your stress and even feel empowered.



Place Things In Perspective

Those last two tips lead into this suggestion of putting things into perspective. As I’ve echoed a bit in this piece, when you are looking at the negatives all the time, your motivation is going to get drained faster.

Instead, stop yourself and begin looking at things from a different angle – ideally in a positive way.

If you dread the idea of going back to work, look at how your work fits into the larger picture of your life.



Don’t Deny Your Feelings

The last thing to remind yourself is that the feelings you are experiencing are normal. The days leading up to New Year’s Eve and the first few weeks after that are the things people go through all the time.

Christmas and New Year are gone and now people have to go back to their everyday self. While you can work on changing that as I mentioned above, the fact still remains that this is something most people go through.

Don’t deny the feelings you have. The sooner you do that, the more you’ll find ways to overcome them quickly and get motivated.