Going back to work after the holidays can be tough.

On the one hand, all that shopping, gift wrapping, cooking and cleaning can really tire a person out. On the other, the late-night partying, afternoon wake up calls and extra freedom can also take its toll on one’s sleep cycle.

So once that wind down begins, some find it challenging to readjust to their old routines again.

It’s become such a phenomenon that researchers call it “post-holiday syndrome” – a term to describe that general feeling of discomfort people get when they’re unable to adapt to work after the holidays, according to the University of Granada.

So what can you do to beat the post-holiday blues?

Global News spoke with life and career coach Maggie Distasi, and Arturo Gallo of, to talk life after the holidays and what you can do to make sure your transition back to work is a smooth one.


Back-to-work survival guide

To help you ease back into the swing of things, both Distasi and Gallo offer several tips that will make your transition a little smoother:

  1. Take it all in stride: Disconnect from work during the holidays and when you go back to work, take things really slow until you reconnect again. Take small breaks by going for a short walk outside – the fresh air helps.
  2. Don’t single yourself out: Remember that everyone else is in the same boat as you, so don’t think you’re the only one who feels overwhelmed.
  3. Prepare before the holidays: If it isn’t too much to handle, try to work ahead before taking time off. That way, when you come back to work, you have less on your plate and feel less stressed.
  4. Set goals and realistic expectations: If you didn’t accomplish something throughout the previous year, set it as a goal for the year ahead. Don’t get discouraged and keep pushing yourself when it comes to career development.
  5. Don’t take on too much: Be realistic on how much you can handle.
  6. Speak up: If someone approaches you with a project you’re not ready for, be honest with them and let them know if you feel that you can handle it at that moment. If not, ask them to discuss this at a later time and follow through.
  7. Admit when you’re not happy: If your feelings of unhappiness at work persist, be honest with yourself. That awareness will create change and start to reveal new insights and choices over time.
  8. Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to approach someone if you feel you’re drowning. This could mean talking with your manager and coming up with a plan, or seeking guidance from a career specialist or coach.

What are your tricks to getting backing into gear after the holidays?

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