January 5, 2016 10:58 am
Updated: January 5, 2016 11:15 am

Battling the blues when you head back to work

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SASKATOON – It’s normal to “feel a little bit down and out of sorts” during the first few days back at work after a holiday, according to a clinical psychologist at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

The back-to-work blues arrive in early January when people return to the office after the holiday break, according to Sara Liebman, who is also an advisor and accommodations specialist with disability services for students at U of S.

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“It’s been a busy time for everybody and all of a sudden, everything kind of stops,” Liebman said.

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Exercise and healthy eating can help people fight off the sluggish feelings that come with a new year. Liebman also recommended people focus on themselves after the season of giving passes.

“There’s a domino effect. If we’re happier with ourselves, it kind of becomes infectious to people around us,” Liebman said.

People on social media banded together using the Twitter hashtag “#backtowork” Monday.

Despite the rough few days of the new year, work can also have its benefits – like giving people a sense of purpose and self-worth, Liebman said.

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