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Back on the chain-gang... Wednesday September 4, 2013

Yes, it's September again and for me this is always more of a new year than is January. Because I have school-age children and run my own business, I choose to take the whole of August away from work, which has its benefits and also drawbacks. The benefits are obvious and I've probably written about some of the drawbacks already (lack of structure principally, and of course, the financial implications).

But getting back to work, whether you've been away for a fortnight or six weeks, presents some challenges. This is not just limited to holidays; an acquaintance of mine, who recently had a heart-attack scare and was on sick leave for a number of weeks, said "the more I sit on my bottom, the more I want to sit on my bottom." I think we can all understand that inertia.

An idea I have shamelessly stolen from a coaching friend of mine (thank you Jill – this is so helpful) is that of scheduling into the working day some summer reminders. How about putting into our packed lunches some more exotic food than just the standard cheese sarnie? Could we take a purposeful ten minute break in the sunshine (for as long as we have sunshine)? If we look at what we have really enjoyed about our summer (and wasn't it a great one!) and intentionally create some moments in our day to recreate that feeling, then the post-holiday blues will not get a chance to hit so hard.

With that in mind I am going to take my book outside into the arbour and drink my coffee in the sunshine. Just for a few minutes. But I reckon it will give me energy to face the 7,583 emails that have logged up in my absence.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Robert Morgan Wed, Sep 4th 2013 @ 7:48am

Nice idea! Thanks for that. I too feel that september is like a new year and a time to have to knuckle-down again.
I am not looking forward to the darker and colder days but i did have one of the best summers that i can remember!
I need to bottle that and re-live it a bit at a time.

SANDRO RICARDO DA CUNHA MORAES Wed, Sep 4th 2013 @ 5:33pm

Há um ditado que diz que "agosto é o mês do desgosto", em português e que setembro é o renascer, a primavera, o mês das flores. É com esse sentimento de colorido que vejo o renascer de uma nova fase...

lotte smith Fri, Sep 6th 2013 @ 4:35pm

Take your book and sit in the arbour? Decide to take a month off in August - how lovely. I take it moodscope users have lots of money, supportive partners and really not the kinds of depressive illnesses people at the sharp end of life experience. This kind of advice is not useful for people outside your priveleged circle. Think about who your audience might be.

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