1. Update yourself
Before taking a deep dive into your mail inbox, you can give yourself time for an update. Talk to your colleagues to get a general idea of what happened while you were away. It will help you better prioritize what you need to address first.
2. Plan, prioritize and pause
Plan for the coming time and then write a priority list of what is most important to do. If you experience a high workload, it may be more effective to take a break to recharge the batteries than to push yourself too hard.
3. Schedule recovery
The stress can be harmful to your health if you don't get enough rest and recovery. Schedule time for it in your calendar, then you know it will take place. It will give you new power and energy so you can do your best.
4. Do some physical activity
It is proven that physical activity releases endorphins, which improves our well-being. Therefore, make sure to make time for some exercise in your daily routine. Do something that you think is fun, a boxing class, go for a walk, or yoga at home.
5. Book something fun
There is some time left for the next vacation, so make sure to boost yourself with good energy. For example, book a dinner with friends, and After Work with your colleagues or a short excursion. Having something to look forward to motivates you!
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