Motivating yourself and your employees to push through the post-holiday blues, and get back to work can be a drag this time a year. It can be hard to get back into the swing of things after long vacations, especially after the holidays as the family gatherings, parties, and holiday cheer come to an abrupt end. However, there are ways to push past the January melancholy that might be starting to settle in and get back to work on a positive note.
It is important to allow employees the flexibility of getting resettled after the holiday. To help with this vacation to work transition, employers can encourage employees to take time to catch up on emails and tasks accumulated over the holiday, and celebrate the New Year in a small way that brings everyone together. However, probably the best way to beat the post-holiday slump and get motivated is to get moving.
Research has shown that exercise is not only good for physical health but is also associated with increased mood, reduced stress, clarity, and creativity and we could all use a little dose of that right about now. Sometimes it can be hard to get moving at work, especially if you are at a desk for most of the day, but there are some easy ways to get your body and brain back on track!
You might have heard that sitting is the new smoking and that our sedentary lifestyle is actually terrible for our overall health. Standing is an easy way, especially at the office, to get up and get some clarity. Not only does standing for approximately 10 minutes of every hour reduce negative health consequences, but it can also help increase brain activity because of a boost in blood flow. A recent study even shows that standing may enhance focus and memory. So, when in doubt, stand.
If you can, get outside and go for a walk. Being outside helps to improve overall mood. You get vitamin D intake from the sun which fights disease and depression, and you may also get your next great idea! Just the tempo of your steps and the absence of distractions lead to a present state of mind that inspire new thoughts and clarity. Which, if you are feeling down, is the best way to get an instant mood boost.
Of course if it is really cold out, going outside isn’t always practical. Taking a walk around your office is also a good way to get moving and get the blood flowing. Stop by and say hi to a co-worker, or check out one of the floors you’ve never been to (if you have access of course). Or, if all else fails, add steps to your day by parking further away from the main entrance or taking the stairs.
Working at a desk can be hard on a body and make you feel sluggish. If you are like most people, your desk posture probably isn’t the best. According to a study from Northwestern University, your posture can actually effect your mood. If you are slouched over in your chair, your mood will drop. One of the easiest and most effective ways to correct posture problems, or at least remind yourself that you are slouching is to take a stretch break. This will help to loosen tight and tense muscles and provide a refreshing pause in your schedule. Check out some of the stretches you can do at your desk.
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