Working yourself into the ground after a holiday can be tempting. You might think you’ve had your chance to relax and now it’s straight back to the daily grind. But it’s important to give yourself some time to adjust. “Returning to work after a multi-week vacation can be a jolt to the system. Instead of berating yourself, think of it as an indication of a successful ‘switch off’ from work and a call to action to re-engage,” Aisling says.
Still, the act of disconnecting is in itself necessary. “To connect with our playful holiday brain, we have to unplug our ever problem-solving, get-it-done brain. And we need the reset. It can be helpful to think of it as a ‘ctrl-alt-delete’ moment for the soul.” This reboot is exactly what will allow you to re-engage with your work, so take things slow. Aisling’s advice? “Do your best to approach the re-adjustment in a light-hearted way, stick it out for a week or so, and you’ll absolutely get there.”