This May keeps treating us to unusually warm weather. In circumstances like those it’s impossible not to succumb to what’s known as pre-vacation syndrome, even though the actual vacation season is still far away. How to avoid going nuts in the office while contemplating what totally feels like summer out of the window? It’s not as hard as it might seem. All you need to do is follow a few simple rules that will help you carry yourself through the warm summer days with enjoyment even though you might not be on vacation just yet.
Use weekend for rest only
We all spend our weekends in different ways. Sometimes we aim to wrap up some projects or run errands that we couldn’t handle during the week. Sometimes we have some redecoration or garden work planned. There are also those that enjoy a weekend spring cleaning. What we recommend doing is using the weekend to rest – without excessive physical, mental or emotional strain. You can postpone all the things that require your close attention for the time you come back from your vacation, well-rested and full of strength to handle anything. For the time being, just make sure to replenish your resources and rest to the max.
Make a pre-vacation plan
Planning your tasks and activities before vacation time makes waiting for it mush easier, because it helps you visualize your path to the much-needed rest. All significant tasks you complete will become your personal milestones as you travel to the vacation station. By moving from one task to the next you will arrive at the final destination without even noticing it. And don’t be afraid to overdo it when compiling your list of important things to do – the more of those you have, the faster the time will fly.
Structure your working day
The efficiency of office workers declines in summer. And there are objective reasons for that, as our body is under a lot of stress when it’s hot outside. We spend a lot of energy trying to adjust to the high temperature and keep it from affecting our wellbeing. Add mental workload on top of that – and you’ve got the picture. In summer, try coming up with a different way to organize your working day. First and foremost, be sure to handle most important jobs in the first half of the working day, leaving little errands and unfinished tasks for the other half. Secondly, always make a to-do list for the day with up to 3-5 major tasks. Thirdly, wrap your working day up right on time. No working late and staying to finish something up! Your evening should belong to you rather than your boss.
Stay away from social networks and TV
Minimize the use of gadgets and Internet during working hours. These are distracting and likely to make it tougher on you seeing the happy faces of friends and acquaintances enjoying their vacation time. You should also try to stay away from the TV at home – it’s best to spend quality time with your friends or relatives, or take a brisk walk outside. Task yourself with replacing the information noise with the sounds of nature, at least during summer.
Get plenty of healthy sleep and rest
In summer, more than ever, it’s important to observe a healthy daily routine. You need to sleep well every night, stay outside as much as possible to get plenty of fresh air and load up on positive emotions. Especially since all these things are so easy to do when it’s warm and sunny. Take walks in a nearby park. Play with your children. Enjoy the beauty of nature and find something positive in everything around you. As a matter of fact, children know all about enjoying life – something to learn from them.
Take a lot of exercise instead of popping sedatives
To cope with stress and unnecessary pressure, psychologists recommend taking physical exercise. Muscular exercise helps you compensate for any negativity experienced by your body in the moments of stress. Also, it’s a lot more enjoyable to do sports outside when its’ warm as opposed to the other seasons. You might be interested in taking up jogging or running, Nordic walking, cycling or yoga. Don’t stop yourself from acting on such initiatives even if they might fizzle out as the cold weather sets in. Time will always tell – just give it a chance.
Good mood is a must!
The power of a smile is unique, as not only can it result from you being in a good mood, it can actually put you in it. We smile when things are good – it’s totally natural. By smiling when we are feeling down we can actually generate good mood. It might sound surprising but it does work! In summer when positivity is valued at twice the regular price you can put yourself in a good mood. Come up with a morning ritual: smile at your reflection in the mirror – openly and sincerely.
Straight back is key to wellbeing
Being healthy and feeling good is especially important in summer when the heat is unbearable. Make sure you always watch your posture. Straight back is key to feeling your best. First and foremost, keeping your back straight opens your chest cavity and improves lung ventilation. Carbon dioxide, known to cause headaches and fatigue, is removed from your body much faster. Secondly, good posture nurtures proper alignment of your spine, helping to prevent pinched nerves and resulting pains.
Find time for meditation
The explosion of natural colors and good weather combine perfectly with one of the most effective ways of emotional cleansing – meditation. It’s great if you find a few minutes during your office hours to meditate. If there is a park or a square garden near the office, it will only make the session more effective. Keep in mind that not only does meditation calm you down, it also improves your concentration. All that helps you avoid losing focus at work. Morning meditation helps you set your mind for a new working day and supercharge with positive energy, while meditating at the end of the day has a soothing and relaxing effect, helping you rest most productively at night. Our selection of meditative sessions is always at your disposal.
Keep a mint plant and a bowl of fruit on your desk
The soothing effect of mint tea is a proven fact. In addition, inhaling the aroma of the essential oils in the plant improves memory and promotes concentration. As a matter of fact, basil is known to have the same properties. Bright-colored juicy fruit also give you a positive drive. Make sure to include them in your office diet and drink more mint tea. It’s great if you can get yourself a whole plant in a pot, too.
Hydration through and through
In summer drinking water all the time is important to keep your body toned and compensate for the loss of liquid due to heat. But apart from that, it’s important to hydrate beyond drinking the water. Being in the water is great – while taking a shower, a bath, bathing in rivers or lakes, or even swimming in the pool. Make sure to carry around a spray bottle of thermal spring water to keep your skin from dehydration during the day.
Don’t miss your summer!
By wallowing in self-pity and feeling miserable counting down to a vacation we are doing ourselves a disservice, taking summer and all the great things about it from ourselves! As a result, it passes by practically unnoticed. Don’t let that happen! Summer is here and now, and the least you can do is enjoy it to the fullest even if you are not on vacation just yet. Enjoy every single day of it, admire nature and make every breath count.
Next time we will talk about easing yourself back into your work routine painlessly following a vacation.