07 September 2020

Say hello to September! It’s time to bid adieu to relaxation and embrace the excitement and optimism for the months ahead

2:00 Min

Although heading back to work after the summer is a challenge for all of us, it’s also an opportunity to consider it a fresh start. As the kids restart school and businesses roar back to life, here are a few tips to help you ease back into your daily routine.

1 Ready, get set... mindfulness

The first step is to recognise that your state of mind can influence your mood and feelings. Experts define state of mind as the positioning of our consciousness as it relates to the outside world around us. By getting into the right mindset, you can master your emotions, motivate yourself, and rationalise the challenges of going back to work, all while being grateful for a relaxing summer break.

2 Find an energising morning routine

The way you begin your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Be sure to start your mornings in a way that makes you feel happy and invigorated. It could be a warm cup of coffee, a hearty breakfast, or simply listening to your favourite podcast. Try out our five recommended rituals proven to boost your energy in the morning.

3 Cultivate work friendships

Having friends in the workplace enhances job satisfaction by up to 50 per cent, and employees are seven times more likely to engage fully in their jobs if they are friends with co-workers, a Gallup study shows. Camaraderie promotes a sense of purpose, discipline and fulfilment towards work and responsibilities.

4 Do physical and mental exercise

The best remedy to shake off those back-to-work blues and reignite motivation is exercise and body movement. Studies have shown that exercise can improve your mood and help you alleviate anxiety and depression by releasing endorphins. If you have taken a long break from physical and mental activities over the summer, here are a few expert suggestions to help you jump back in. Have a go at incorporating our suggested mind and body fitness routines into your next session.

5 No grumbling allowed

Constant complaining drains motivation, wastes time, breaks trusts, and can make you a magnet for negativity. Complaining also eats away at your energy levels and doesn’t generate any productivity. Instead, try to analyse and rationalise the situation. Replace what you would have complained about with an action that addresses the issue resolves it, replacing inaction with action.