I can’t proclaim to help change your circumstances (you do have to return to work) however you can change your perception and how you feel by taking stock and acknowledging the positives. Give yourself a little time to adjust, breathe (take a few very slow breaths); nourish your body with healthy foods (breakfast is essential) and introduce some exercise to address your sense of mind and wellbeing.
Try and introduce some activity into your working day. Get up from your seat, move around, and take the stairs; go outside at lunchtime. All of these activities will release endorphins which make you feel happy and more positive. It is this positive outlook that will get you through that first day, week and possibly months back at work after a holiday. Evaluate and acknowledge the benefits you feel from physical activity (exercise) and make it a permanent fixture in your daily schedule. It does not have to be sweaty and arduous it can be calming and relaxing. One size will not fit all, look for activities you enjoy as it is only then you will continue and reap the benefits.
You may have a wellbeing (exercise) scheme at work, check with HR and utilize this benefit. For the forward thinking, leading employers a health and wellbeing programme will be available. If not, involve yourself in the introduction of wellbeing exercise sessions at work and voice your feelings, take control and implement change. The good news is, with each day back at work you are one day closer to your next holiday!
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have researched well-being at work and the benefits:
What is well-being?
“There are many varied definitions of well-being. The CIPD believes that well-being at work initiatives need to balance the needs of the employee with those of the organisation. We define it as: creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows an employee to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and their organisation. The well-being approach also brings benefits for people at all levels inside and outside the workplace. It makes the workplace a more productive, attractive and corporately responsible place to work. Well-being will run the risk of being dismissed as a gimmick unless those involved in its introduction and promotion demonstrate the positive business benefits that it brings. To be effective, employee well-being needs to be part of a regular business dialogue and to be deeply embedded into an organisational culture. The well-being dialogue can be beneficial to employees’ health by making employees feel valued and by giving them an opportunity to use their experiences to improve their working environment”.
Here are some examples of employers who have implemented wellbeing at work:
Fiona Dawson, President Mars UK
“Mars believe that our employees are our greatest assets and providing schemes that care for them is driven by two of our guiding principles, Responsibility and Mutuality. We believe that good health is good business and having a workplace wellbeing programme is a fundamental element of achieving this aim”. http://www.fdf.org.uk/publicgeneral/Workplace%20Wellbeing%20doc_13.pdf
Jonathan Warburton, Chairman or Warburton
“Our people are the foundation of the business and therefore a happy and healthy workforce is of the upmost importance. We pride ourselves on our employee retention record and make sure that the health and wellbeing of the team is at the top of the agenda.”
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