Listening to the ABC early last week, a conversation about going back to work and why people are getting that feeling of fatigue and lethargy caught my attention – I was surprised when the conversation led to there being a scientific term for these feelings “Social Jet Lag”
I could relate to this feeling in my first few days back at work so I decided to investigate this further – I found a couple of articles on the subject which I wanted to share with you – because if you didn’t take out time to plan while you were on holiday you may not be inclined to do it in the first week back at work!
The Telegraph UK Claire Cohen
“Returning to our normal routine of early nights and waking up in the dark can induce what’s been dubbed ‘social jet lag’
The first step is to embrace the blues. Because they’re not your fault. Researchers have found that the negative emotions associated with the end of the festive period, plus two weeks of irregular sleep patterns (not to mention irregular breakfast patterns) can throw our body-clocks out of synch and make us feel jet-lagged.
Returning to our normal routine of early nights and waking up early can induce what’s been dubbed ‘social jet lag’. Symptoms might include: feeling sluggish, struggling to sleep, indigestion, loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, clumsiness, lack of energy and general fatigue.
“Don’t grumble about the end of the holidays, or get caught up in your colleagues’ stories of insane parties or hilarious new year’s resolutions.”
“Try to arrive at your desk in the morning with all the positive mental attitude you can muster.
“Be organised the night before – choose your clothes for the next day, find your train pass and work security pass, step away from the wine and cheese and go to bed early,” she explains.
“Don’t use the period post- festive break as an excuse to slack. It won’t look good.”
Going back to work?
Beware the ‘social jet lag’ that will leave you sluggish and sleepy
Social jet lag is described as the difference between biological time and external requirements.
As well as affecting adults, it also causes a problem for teenagers, who will find it difficult to wake up for school
Taking the whole Christmas and new year period off work could leave you with a type of jet lag when you return, scientists say.
They claim the extra-long festive break interrupts our body clocks and leaves them with symptoms similar to having travelled to a different time zone.
For the first week back at work, ask yourself this one question:
“What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
Gary Keller from his book The One Thing.
In our Self Mastery workshops, we talk about six areas of focus
- Your Values – who you are, what you hold dear, what underlies the decisions are all connected to your values
- Your Intentions – decide what you really want
- Your Thoughts – change your thoughts – change your life
- Your Conversations – your words can change worlds
- Your Habits – we first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- Your Accountability – your actions tell the truth
When you can Master yourself, you are well on your way to mastering other things in your life.