Easter weekend can be a time of indulgence, as we allow ourselves a few extra chocolate eggs and forget about our exercise plans. As we’re spending quality time with friends and family and enjoying a few drinks in the sun, our reliable work and study routines are being thrown out the window.
Getting back to reality can be taxing on our mental health, as we get back to the heap of missed emails and a pile of work we’ve managed to forget about. Having to re-adjust to work and study after the well-deserved break may take some time, but there are a few things you should keep in mind as you confront the post-Easter blues.
Taking care of your body:
- You should try your best to return to a normal eating habit. Avoid skipping meals or going on extreme diets to compensate for all the Easter chocolates, it will only make your experience worse. Trust your body to know how to readjust, even after a few days of overindulgence. It’s always nice to opt for healthier meal choices, but don’t feel pressured to change your relationship with food.
- Don’t feel as if you must hit the gym the first chance you get, but it is important to keep up any exercise routines you’ve built. It doesn’t take much to get out of the good habits that take so long to form. Why not go for an easy cardio session instead of a full workout to avoid causing yourself any more stress.
- Paying closer attention to your skincare may also be useful, as our skin often tells us more than we realise. Stock up on moisturiser and SPF and get ready to get back to work with that Easter glow!
Taking care of your mind:
- Make sure to check in with your emotions, the Easter break can be chaotic and emotionally draining for some, so take a bit of time to reflect on how you’ve been feeling. We might not notice how overwhelmed we are until we take a moment to pause.
- It may also be a good time to check up on your friends after their celebrations. A nice walk could give you the space to talk about any worries or have a friendly catch-up on anything you’ve missed.
- Remember that if you feel tired or out-of-place during the first few days of getting back to work, this is completely normal! Trust yourself to get back into the flow and you’ll be smashing your goals before you know it.
And finally – be proud of yourself! You made it through the Easter break and are ready to face the world feeling refreshed and energised!