Have you been away yet this year? Or planning a summer break but dreading the post holiday blues when you get home?

I’m just back from a week away with my family, and whilst I do miss the lovely weather, beautiful scenery and quality time with my loved ones, I am also excited to get stuck in to the work I love. Which got me thinking about how things used to be…

I really do vividly remember that sinking feeling of returning to the office after a glorious week or two of sea, sand and sunset cocktails, and just wanting to cry.

It was like putting on a mask back on, where I had to leave the ‘real’ me at home and go back to the old ’work’ me again. But that was normality back then, I thought that was just what you had to do. You got to have your couple of weeks of freedom and fun each year, and then you had to put that to one side and get back in the rat race, because that’s what everyone does.

Now looking back, I can see exactly why I felt so misaligned between ‘real’ me and ‘work’ me. Taking time off had allowed me to explore and live out some of the values which were most important to me, such as freedom, adventure, connection and family. But at the time I had no idea what my values really were and why it was SO important that I find a new career which was more closely aligned with them. It’s one of the key things you need to do in order to enjoy your work more.

So if you’re feeling unhappy at work and already missing those heady days of holiday freedom, then take 10 minutes to really think about what you miss most from that time:

  • Was it the chance to spend more quality time with your loved ones?
  • Was it that you got to do a new and exciting activity each day?
  • Or did you love the fact that you could set your own hours and do what you wanted without being answerable to your boss?

List them out and think about what values they might represent. Spending more time with friends might show that you have a strong value for community. Being able to go sightseeing and learn about a new culture might reflect values of learning and inspiration.

As you dig a bit deeper into which aspects you miss and what values they represent, you can also think about how to bring more of them into your day to day life now. How could you introduce, for example, a bit more adventure, creativity or fun into your daily life and work?

Remember, you don’t have to keep waiting to live your most authentic life. You can take some simple steps to get started today.

This article was written by Juliette Dyke. Juliette has gone through her own experience of career change and now helps women recognise their gifts and strengths, release the mental blocks and fears which are holding them back, and create a fulfilling life and career they really love. Get in touch with Juliette via her partner coach profile page.