Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult for us to get back to our duties after the Christmas break? It turns out that everything is to blame for the dysregulation of our daily rhythm of the biological clock. Jetlag is in other words a sleep disorder caused by a sudden change in time zone. It is known to those who often fly long distances. Nowadays, life forces us more and more not to comply with the biological clock and leads to the so-called social jetlag. If you feel a lack of appetite, constant irritation or have problems with concentration, these are just some of the symptoms.
How to deal with it?
Scientists say that the most important thing is to be aware of your indisposition and not requiring 100% fitness from yourself as soon as you return to work from a long holiday break. Instead, it is recommended to gradually intensify activities and gradually increase the number of their duties. To start with, it’s best to devote energy to the most urgent and important responsibilities. Disregarding the post-holiday jetlag may lead to the fact that we will not be able to fulfill all our obligations and additionally we can disappoint our colleagues.
It is also worth taking care of your physical form, and above all, get enough sleep before returning to work and try to return to normal day mode. Before that, let’s take care of such trivial things as choosing clothes for the next day or checking if we have all the documents and things ready so as not to look in the morning in panic. Being aware of your post-holiday laziness, it is worth giving yourself a little more time to implement yourself in your daily duties. This should be helped by coming to work earlier, even to break through the thicket of e-mails waiting for us.
The last thing and no less important is the mental attitude. Realistic goal setting and awareness of your temporary limitations are key. Hijacking the sun with a hoe can lead to disaster and hanging around all day will criticize us. To break the social jetlag, however, we should first and foremost remember what we value and like most in our work. If you want to know more about what social jetlag is and what are its consequences, I encourage you to watch a 5-minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5ylqK-aPX8/.
And how do you deal with social jetlag after the holiday break? I will gladly know your suggestions.