How to fight post holiday blues

Have you just come back from a holiday? Are you suffering from post holiday blues? They say all good things come to an end and never has this been truer than in the case of holidays. However long you take off it never quite feels like enough. One day you are relaxing on the beach feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin and enjoying swimming in the sea. You have no care in the world other than what cocktail to drink next or which book to read. Then, before you know it, you are back at home worrying about the post that has piled up (bills undoubtedly!), dirty laundry, urgent emails and so on. Whilst your tan still remains and you look bright on the outside, you feel grey inside and your holiday already feels like a distant memory.

So what can you do to fight of what feels like a case of constant Monday Blues?

5 ways to fight the post holiday blues

B Bags

Unpack immediately. You may be tempted to leave your suitcase laying around with a few items inside so you can reminisce on your holiday. Fight this urge! Tripping over your suitcase for weeks to come is both annoying and disruptive.

L Look

Have something to look forward to. However much we enjoy our holidays there always tends to be something we miss at home. Plan something you enjoy doing for when you arrive. This will minimise the pain.

U Unwind

Take it easy when you get back. Resist the urge to stay late at work to catch up on all the emails and give yourself a first short week back in order to ease yourself back into the swing of things.

E Eat well

If you had a healthy diet over your holiday, keep it up. Your body enjoyed the natural fruit juices and fresh fish so do not deprive it of these from one minute to the next. If you over indulged, now is the perfect time to make up for it.

S Share

Sharing is caring. If you feel like you look more fabulous than usual, don’t keep yourself to yourself. Share! Take yourself out. Supermarket shopping or samba dancing, the main thing is to see and be seen!

Do you think this will help ease you back into real life? Any other suggestions?

Post holiday blues may be a sign that it is time to look at your life. Professor David Holmes at Manchester Metropolitan University carried out a study years ago on behalf of Churchill Travel insurance, to identify the key issues that contribute to this phenomenon. They released a mathematical equation that determines a person’s propensity to suffer from post holiday blues. The formula evaluates lifestyle factors and identifies those in need of improvement to help cure post holiday blues. Take the test and find out how you fare.

How did you do? If you want to score even better talk to someone impartial (such as a coach) who can help you determine where you want to be. This will help you become someone who looks forward to going and coming back from holidays as your day to day will become just as satisfying as your holiday.

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Written by Ana Antunes da Silva.

Image provided by Flickr user teddyb.

64 Responses to “How to fight post holiday blues”

  1. This so great Ana! Very interesting, I also had that kind of feeling where I have to think of a lot of things and worry about on what might came ahead when I get back to business. This is one helpful post and this is worth sharing to those who feels the same and can relate to this. Thanks!

    • Thank you for your kind feedback Leonardo! I am delighted you enjoyed this post and hope it will be useful. If there are any other topics you would like to read about please do let em know.
      Best, Ana

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