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July 02 2015

Your Post-Vacation Guide To Feeling Better At Work

By David McMillin

Whether you skipped town for a 4th of July weekend getaway or you took your whole family on a week-long retreat to the beach, reality has returned. Your email folder is full of bold, unread messages. Your calendar has meetings scheduled every other hour of the day. You’re back at work, but your mind is miles away from your responsibilities.

While this article won’t be able to transport your body back to vacation, it will provide some recommendations on how to make the return to work easier.

1) Eat these brain- and body-boosting foods.

There’s no easier way to delay your work than taking a snack break. However, snacking doesn’t have to mean setting back your aspirations of feeling better. Ditch the chips for a bag of sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, which provide an energetic mix of protein, B vitamins and omega fatty acids. If you’re looking for a menu for your mind, go with a banana, which includes the recommended amount of glucose for efficient brain function. You can’t go wrong with walnuts, either, which provide a healthy amount of omega three fatty acids and vitamin E.

2) Stop sitting down.

There’s a reason that the adage “sitting is the new smoking” has been catching on among employees across America: it’s true. When you’re back from vacation, make a conscious effort to reconfigure your work approach to spend less time sitting in a chair staring at a screen and more time on your feet.

3) Drink water at this time each day.

Before you head to lunch, pour yourself a 16-ounce glass of water. Why? A study from the American Dietetic Association revealed that people who drink water 20 - 30 minutes before meals consume approximately 75 fewer calories during the actual meal. When you return to your desk, you’ll feel less sluggish and more productive.

4) Spread the word about your trip.

No matter how many adjustments you make to your eating and exercise routines, you’re still going to need a break during the workday. When you need one, take some time to craft online reviews of the places you eat, stayed and visited while you were away. It’s a creative opportunity to relive the fun of your vacation — and if you post them on your social networks, it’s a great way to show your friends how cool you really are.

5) Plan another vacation.

Think the time away provided the biggest lift to your happiness? Think again. A study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life showed that planning a trip delivers the biggest jolt in satisfaction. In fact, the feeling of vacation anticipation can last for up to eight weeks.

No matter how hard you try when you get back to work, you will encounter some challenges when working to cross items off your to-do list. Check out this article to see which distractions are destroying your productivity.

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