Summer holiday over? Here are four simple tricks to help beat the back-to-work blues

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Now that 2024 is in full swing, Kiwis up and down the country are slowly starting to return to work after the Christmas and New Year break.

And for many of us, we’re not exactly thrilled to get back to reality after having time off lazing on the beach.

While it’s only natural to feel a bit of the back-to-work blues, according to experts there are some simple things we can all do to help brighten our mood as we head back to the office.

Sleep is key

The summer holidays have a way of getting our routine out of whack thanks to the late-night festivities and indulging in some long sleep-in.

To avoid feeling groggy and grumpy heading back to work, experts suggest making sure we get back into a good sleep schedule is key.

Some tricks to get a good night’s rest include avoiding booze before bed, staying away from caffeine after 4pm, and keeping your bedtime and wake-up times largely consistent.

If you are having trouble nodding off, or staying asleep, try a bath before bed containing muscle-relaxing magnesium flakes 30 minutes before you turn in.

Have something to look forward to

Scrolling through images of gorgeous sunny locations will help remind you there is life beyond your desk, but if you’re feeling the pinch on your wallet after Christmas planning fun weekend activities can help get you through the week.

Book an event such as an afternoon tea or a spa day with your pals – discounted ones are always available at the time of year on voucher sites like Grabone.

Get out and about

Getting yourself outdoors for a brisk walk for just 30 minutes is an effective way to help improve low mood, anxiety, and mild to moderate depression. It should help you feel clearer-headed.

Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, and releases endorphins and neurotransmitters like serotonin, known to enhance mood.

It should also help combat all the pavlova and wine.

Plan to end the year a bit richer

At this time of year, you're strapped for cash and probably got paid before Christmas making this feel like the longest month in the history of the known world.

But as long as you can lay your hands on one dollar you can help yourself out.

Start saving just one a day from today and you will have over $300 by the year's end to spend on whatever you want.

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