Coming back to work from holiday last week, I was struck by the number of articles relating to returning to work and not suffering from post-holiday depression in the process. According to the Herald (so it must be true!) an awful lot of us do not take our full leave entitlement each year because we feel too busy. I personally think this is a recipe for disaster. The leave we need to take is for a purpose. It allows us to recharge the batteries both mentally and physically. Further, it gives us reflection time…time to reflect on what worked well for us in the past year, what didn’t and what we can do about it. This goes for both our professional and our personal lives. Getting the right work/life balance is critical for our home and work lives.
I always use the luxury of these unplanned and largely unstructured days before the rush starts to think about my goals for the next year and what I am going to do to achieve them (although looking at Emergency Care the rush hasn’t gone away for some, sadly!). Like you probably do, I have goals like losing weight (more on that in an upcoming blog), eating healthier food, exercising more and spending more quality time with my family and friends. But I also reflect on what I want to achieve professionally – and if you do not take this time, you are not doing yourself or your family justice. Work/life balance is more than just a glib saying and I urge all Counties people to enjoy their full leave entitlements.
As recommended in the aforementioned Herald, I think about my next holiday, highly recommended on returning to work as a ‘blues buster’. I also schedule quality family time in the long summer evenings and enjoy the relaxation that these warm nights can give. A short walk or a good book or even just sitting outside watching the sun set does wonders to lift spirits. So, welcome back to work and know that the post-holiday blues will pass!