The holidays are over. Today is the end of August and with it, for many, the days or weeks at the beach, the countryside or the mountains, the long afternoons with family and friends and the nights without thinking about getting up. We return to the routine of work and, very soon, children, teenagers and university students in their studies. Like every year, we hear from the experts about post-holiday syndrome. That’s why, from our Health Blog, we talked to the Mental Health specialists from the Ribera health group to give us the keys to a return to a healthy routine.
It is not always easy to return to everyday life, and September is a particularly hard month for many, so it means reorganizing the new “course”. Whether we have children or not, in September we organize the school year: we decide whether to go to the gym, pilates or padel, if we study English, enroll the children in an academy, start a new language or train for a half marathon.
You have to take it easy. You don’t have to make all the decisions right away.
“It’s a matter of time to re-balance the demands of daily work”, assures Virginia Pérez, psychiatrist at the Toscar Health Center, in Department of Health of Vinalopó– Elx, which manages the Ribera group. In addition, Cristina Díaz, specialist nurse in Mental Health of the University Hospital of Torrejón, recommends that, as far as possible, we organize a “progressive” round. “It greatly promotes adaptation,” he explains.
The Mental Health professionals of the Ribera group remember that many of the symptoms that reflect problems of readjustment to routine and usual rhythm are normal, if they do not make us lose our day-to-day functionality. But they recommend that we go to a specialist if any of them exceed or limit us:
- Sleep problems
- Mental and physical fatigue
- Lack of concentration and performance
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Negative thoughts
- Lack of motivation
By Belén Vázquez, psychologist from Ribera Polusa hospitalin Lugo, “the most important thing is to accompany the person in the process of connecting with their own internal resources in this return to the routine that some find difficult, focusing on what works, avoiding continuous complaining and teaching them to regulate the emotions that surface in their day to day”.
If you are a person who finds it difficult to adapt to changes, have a tendency to control, a phobic or fearful personality or have a problem at work that means a greater effort for you to return, read these tips and you will see how they help you. If not, see a specialist.
Keys to returning to work or studies with energy after the summer
- Avoid, as much as possible, the abrupt return. It’s not a good idea to rejoin a few hours after getting off a plane.
- Make a list of priorities for solving pending issues from most to least urgent.
- Organize your days and weeks with some flexibility.
- Do not mix vacation and work routine schedules.
- Try to maintain regular sleep schedules.
- Be patient. You don’t want to catch up on everything and be 100% just arriving, especially if your duties haven’t been covered by someone else and you have a backlog.
- Give yourself time to balance the demands of daily work and organize your return.
- Assume you’ll settle into the routine sooner rather than later, but give yourself time.
- Do some leisure or sports activity that helps you feel organized.
- He values pleasant and fun moments at work, such as meeting colleagues.
- Ask for help at home or at work if you need it.
- Avoid continued complaining. It brings you nothing beneficial and can cloud the work environment.
- Accept and understand how we feel and learn to treat each other with kindness and affection
Also, we recommend this video to help you manage work stress.
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