An after summer slump? This is how you prevent it from happening!
Daily life | Time to read: 4 minutes
The end of summer is here, the schools started again, and with autumn coming, the days are getting shorter. This can cause restlessness or stress, and you need to adjust to a new rythm. What to do?
After months of sunny weather and the summer holiday, which was probably different than planned, the summer comes to an end. Despite the measures surrounding the coronavirus, we go back to work and our children go back to school. Bye Bye holiday mood, we are going back to work.
According to OpenUp psychologist Zoila this makes us face the facts. "The pressure of work often increases after our holidays, and we have less to look forward to. With a coronavirus still active, this causes tension". Also family life will change again. Get up early to bring your kids to school and then back to work at home or at the office. It takes some getting used to the new rhythm.
For some this transition mainly results in conversations at the coffee machine, about how unfortunate it is that the summer is over. Others suffer from gloominess and sleeping problems. These people often find it more difficult to deal with change. "Because of the coronavirus a lot is still unclear, the numbers are going up again and nobody knows when a vaccine will ready. These things are triggers to worry, especially because the Dutch "intelligent lockdown" has left it's impact on people".
Are you one that worries a lot after your holiday? No worries, Zoila Knel shares a few tips to prevent this from happening, or to get you out of negative emotions.
More rythm = more grip
Make sure you have as clear a rhythm as possible every day. This way you create something to hold on to. Our brain is set on repetition, it loves that. By coming up with a good daily rhythm, you make sure it runs as smoothly as possible. Let's dive into how to do this.
How do you take care of a good daily rhythm?
Divide your day into different phases: You can think about dividing your day into phases. Decide how you like to spend your mornings or evenings. If you like to start the day quietly, with a cup of coffee or with your family? Make sure to do so.
Make sure you have a good work-life balance: This is easier said than done, but it's good to have a good alternation between work and your private life. Try to mentally leave work when your day is done. Something that can help is to plan something fun to do in the evenings and at the weekend, besides the normal tasks like cleaning or doing the laundry.
Provide distraction: If you're not feeling well, you're usually inclined to retreat a little, and make fewer contact. But the more you do that, the more you become absorbed in your own thoughts. Distraction is good! The weather gets worse in autumn and it gets darker outside. That's when it can be cozy indoors. Sharing and discussing your feelings with others often creates new perspectives. So keep seeing people.
Provide daily/weekly exercise: We often slow down a bit in autumn and winter and move less. But for our mental health, exercise is good, a walk or sports class. Choose a fixed moment per day, or fixed days per week for your weekly exercise.
What to do, and not to do during corona?
The corona virus may cause extra tension. Every company has its own rules and ways, and one colleague sees the situation very differently from the other. "It is confusing now that the corona numbers are rising again, especially since there are not very clear new measures. That requires a lot from us. You constantly have to ask yourself, what am I comfortable with and what don't I want? Everyone has to figure that out for themselves. This way you can create a situation where you feel comfortable."
A good daily schedule, regular social contacts and the new rhythm should eventually ensure that after a few weeks you'll get rid of restlessness, and fell well again. After all, you have slowly got used to it, that's how our body works.
Does rythm not help to prevent you from, or get you out of, your after-summer slump?
Does the restlessness stay with you? Then it might be useful to have a conversation with an OpenUp psychologist. The psychologist will look at your situation and can give you personal advice. This will give you even better insight into what you need and how you can generate this for yourself.
Written by Meike Bergwerff