Office workers use different methods to overcome post-holiday blues
Updated 22:46, 11-Feb-2019
By Zheng Yibing
01:39

For many, the first day back at work after a week-long holiday, particularly the Chinese Lunar New Year, is often sad and subdued.

The warm tidings of home, complete with great food and holiday cheer, quickly become memories, leading to a case of the post-holiday blues.

But life goes on, and each worker deals with these blues in their own way.

An Hui, a resource manager from a Beijing-based software technologies company, has heartfelt presents for his colleagues. 

A hongbao or red envelope with blessings perhaps is a good and warm way to make transition for employees from holiday to daily work. /CGTN photo

A hongbao or red envelope with blessings perhaps is a good and warm way to make transition for employees from holiday to daily work. /CGTN photo

"We give our colleagues little presents with blessings. And many are encouraged to talk with each other and share local specialties brought from their hometowns. Before formal work, there is a transition," he said.  

His colleague Ran Ran believes that the workplace itself is where adjustments should take place.

“We talk about interesting things during the past holiday, and we are planning new job tasks together. That makes things easier," said Ran. 

Different people have different ways to get rid of post-holiday blues. Some prefer a regular diet and some physical exercises. Some prefer a neat work schedule to help themselves get back to routine jobs in a fast way. /CGTN photo

Different people have different ways to get rid of post-holiday blues. Some prefer a regular diet and some physical exercises. Some prefer a neat work schedule to help themselves get back to routine jobs in a fast way. /CGTN photo

Of course, some suggest that new tasks should be planned beforehand to lessen anxiety and unfamiliarity once the holiday is over. 

A senior consultant in the company shares her strategy, saying that she usually makes a schedule before the holiday, takes a quick look later, then turns them into notes on the first work-day and tags them on the desk.

“After reviewing them, you see, my concentration comes back," the consultant named Chen Qingmin said.

With work and vacation being essential parts of life, a smart balance and transition between them will make life easier in the Chinese New Year.