School holidays can be tough for parents. Yes there are some picture postcard memories that you’ll treasure forever, but there’s also a lot of ‘I’m bored’ or ‘I’m hungry’. Six weeks of it. Even if you have the most organised schedule and childcare regime, parents are impacted by the summer holidays one way or another. You may have stayed at the office, but it’s been super quiet, or you had to take a chunk out of your precious annual leave allowance.
Either way, bouncing back from the summer holidays come September can be daunting, especially if you have children starting or going back to school.
Here’s our tips for easing the transition back into work mode.
You may be desperate to get back to your desk but bear in mind that if you’ve been away or on holiday, it will take a while to adjust. Don’t fill your diary with non-stop meetings or challenging deadlines. Have a look at your to-do list and prioritise sensibly. Include some time for checking and responding to your emails, as well as proper catch ups with your team or colleagues. Make sure you take plenty of breaks, get some fresh air outside and stay away from screens.
You can never underestimate the emotional side of the summer holidays. You may have been wishing for the start of school to come around quickly, but when it comes to it, you actually miss your little cherubs. If your children are just starting their school journey, there’s a whole load of extra anxiety too. Remind yourself of the happy times with a photo or memento of the summer holidays on your desk or in your handbag. Choose an item which means something to you, it doesn’t need to be Pinterest-worthy. Just don’t bore your colleagues with all of your holiday anecdotes!
Now’s the perfect time to reverse the effect of non-stop BBQ’s, ice creams and glasses of Prosecco. Stock up on the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that will put you in tip-top condition for concentration and focus. Ensure that you are eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and following a healthy eating programme.
We all know that good hydration is essential for healthy living, so make sure you are drinking enough throughout the day. If you can’t face good old tap water, try the carbonated variety or pimp your water with lemon, cucumber, fruits or herbs. If you do drink tea or coffee, these can have a diuretic effect so make sure you are compensating with extra fluids.
Avoid early morning stress and panic by getting as much prepared in advance as possible, and that goes for you too. There are loads of easy things you can do to stay organised, like freezing sandwiches for packed lunches or having different coloured socks for each family member. Have everything you need to hand in the morning so that you don’t have to compromise on hair drying or make up application.
Bouncing back from the summer holidays can take a few days but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Stay focused on the good times you enjoyed together and look forward to half term…….