Back-to-work blues or stuck in a rut?



Back at work and planning your next holiday?

There’s nothing like a break to remind you that you really are ready for a new challenge or a change of scenery.

Maybe it’s just a touch of the back-to-work blues?

But what if it’s something more serious?

Groundhog day?

Stuck in a rut?

What if you’ve lost your mojo?


Don’t worry - with the help of some friends I’ve compiled a list of tips that will help you to shake off the blues, turn things around and make yourself feel better all round.

  1. Walk in nature (the No.1 recommendation)

  2. Grab a glossy and head to a café – get time alone with no agenda

  3. Get physical – go and do something that gets you out of your of your head and into your body (swim, go to the gym, run, walk, jog)

  4. If you’re into yoga – a headstand or handstand gives you a new perspective

  5. Plan a mini-adventure

  6. Go on a big adventure

  7. Book into an Airbnb with a pile of books and a highlighter – immerse yourself

  8. Learn something new

  9. Sing

  10. Dance - the body loves rhythm (and routine)

  11. Take up gardening and get your hands dirty

  12. Take up boxing (highly recommended for when you feel angry and stuck)

  13. Start working on your side hustle – everyone should be an entrepreneur

  14. Write a blog about something you love

  15. Write a book about something you know

  16. Read more

  17. Get creative

  18. Move home

  19. Get out of your comfort zone

  20. Watch and listen to motivational speakers on YouTube

  21. Start something new

  22. Do something that helps others

  23. Spend more time with children and animals

  24. Meditate daily (5 minutes will help)

  25. Contemplate life - spend more time on self-awareness

  26. Daydream

  27. Visualise what would make you happy

  28. Write a gratitude list

  29. Journal your problems with pen and paper

  30. Write morning papers (free writing first thing in the morning)

  31. Take care of yourself

  32. Be conscious of what you eat and get more rest

  33. Stop comparing yourself to others

  34. Spend time with people who make you feel good

  35. Don’t judge yourself, your interests or feelings

  36. Workout what makes you happy and do more of it

  37. Be honest with yourself, trust your intuition

  38. Eat chocolate cake

  39. Play

  40. Find a career that you love then it’s not just a job

  41. Work with a coach – coaching is a powerful dialogue between two people which leaves you with brand new perspectives

  42. Set yourself a challenge to turn things around. Put finding your mojo at the top of your to-do list


Why stop at 42?


The number 42 is, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything", calculated by an enormous supercomputer named Deep Thought over a period of 7.5 million years. (Thanks to Wikipedia).

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