How to survive the return to work after the summer break

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After 6 full weeks off to relax and recuperate, heading back to school can be a nerve- wracking time for many. From having lie-ins and lazy days, the transition back to full-time work can come as a bit of a shock. Here, we offer 5 tips to help make that change a little bit easier to bear.

  1. Regulate your sleep/wake cycle

Your body has an inner alarm clock which helps you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning. This is known as your circadian rhythm. When your circadian rhythm gets thrown off its usual pattern, you may find yourself groggy and unable to concentrate the next day. It can be easier to get back into the swing of working again by adjusting your sleep/wake times by 15 minutes a day, until your body shifts back into its usual term-time routine.

  1. Buy new stationary

In terms of practical preparation, you can help get organised for the new term by buying yourself a new diary and new stationary. This will help you physically feel more prepared for going back to work and it can also be very motivational! Pens, colourful Post-it notes, highlighters…anything that puts a smile on your face is worth investing in.

  1. Eat breakfast regularly

As the name suggests, breakfast provides a break from fasting whilst your sleep. Nutritionists advise that we should eat breakfast within 2 hours of waking. This restores glucose levels, which are essential for brain function, memory and concentration. During the summer break, your eating patterns may have become quite irregular. Do your body a favour and eat breakfast every day, making sure this continues when the new term starts.

  1. Write a “new term resolutions” list

There a few jobs where you get a blank slate to work from each year, and you’re in one of them! No matter how experienced you are in your role, there is always something to reflect and improve upon. Consider what achievements and progress you’ve made during the last year, and ask yourself what you’d like to aim for in the coming year. Write your list of goals down and put it somewhere you’ll see every day.

  1. Have a positive attitude

The thought of your summer break coming to an end and having to return back to work can bring mixed emotions. However, if you start the new term in a negative frame of mind, it can make your first day back worse than you’re imagining it be. Instead, focus on the elements you’re really looking forward to, such as being reunited with your colleagues after the long break and the excitement of welcoming all the new children.

With the summer break almost at an end, it’s important to make the most of the time you have left off and treat yourself to something relaxing. When you start the new term, it’s important to feel recharged and ready to hit the ground running! Indulge in a spa day, meet up with friends, or do whatever it is that makes you feel happy and energised.

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