What to do and what to avoid during the New Year holidays to get back to work fresh and refreshed.
Choose the opposite of work
Use those resources that you don’t use on a daily basis. If you sit lonely in the office all day, go to the ice rink with a large company or to a dancing party. The work of communicating with people can be replaced by reading a book in silence.
Let yourself slow down
Of course, you want to have time to attend all the parties and all the New Year’s performances, go skiing, and you also need to get around your relatives. But you don’t have to do all of this. No need to have fun out of the way, allow yourself to be lazy.
Avoid unpleasant topics of conversation
Resist the temptation to discuss domestic and foreign policy, issues of discrimination against certain groups of the population – everything that causes fierce controversy and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. Talk about something enjoyable to distract yourself from stress, rather than immerse yourself in it.
You should not lie in bed all the vacation, watching TV shows. Physical activity stimulates the production of the hormone of joy endorphin. Therefore, even a simple walk will make you feel happier and more refreshed.
Control the amount of alcohol
Holidays rarely go without alcohol, but you should not lean heavily on it. First, alcohol enhances stress. Secondly, a heavy hangover is very exhausting.
A plentiful feast will lead to weakness and drowsiness, as the body will spend energy on digesting food. You can afford a one-time holiday of gluttony, but you shouldn’t leave the table for all the holidays: you simply won’t have the strength for anything else.
If you’re not an early morning person, be realistic and don’t plan early in the morning. Getting enough sleep is important for your brain to function, and if you can’t get out of bed late on weekdays, take a break.
Observe the regimen
Finally, you can go to bed in the morning and wake up at sunset. But you shouldn’t do that. In conditions of short winter daylight hours, it is important to stay awake during daylight hours, and even better – to spend it outdoors. Constant darkness stimulates the production of melatonin, which causes drowsiness. For lack of light going down serotonin levels. Without this hormone of joy, you become sadder and your risk of depression increases.
Postpone household chores
Of course, you will have to perform routine tasks such as washing dishes or floors. But it is better to postpone repairs or general cleaning. It is unlikely that you will then remember the whole year how cheerfully and impressively you washed the windowsills and switches or re-pasted the wallpaper.
Plan your entertainment program
So as not to worry that you will not find where to go, plan several outings in advance. But don’t make your schedule too busy. Leave days for spontaneous decisions and laziness.
When you are faced with something unfamiliar, produced dopamine is a pleasure hormone, part of the body’s “reward system”. However, experiments show that you need to look for something uncompromisingly unknown, because well-forgotten old or new, but similar to the already familiar, does not cause a strong hormonal response.