7 Tips to Overcome Post-Holiday Blues
Holidays are one of the most awaited
periods of the year. Days we look forward to it with great anticipation. We simply
cannot wait to put our regimented and routine-based lifestyle behind us. And live
life for what it basically is.
Due to the holiday's intense emotion,
we sometimes find it uncomfortable transitioning to our old, orderly lifestyle
when the holidays are over.
This feeling varies for different
people. Some shake it off within weeks, while for some, it takes longer than
normal, bringing about feelings like depression
It is common to feel gloomy and
uncomfortable in the days following the holidays, a condition known as the
According to The Mirror, 57% of
British travelers reported experiencing post-holiday blues.
Further, scientists found a decrease
in psychiatric emergency services and suicide attempts/completions during the
Christmas holiday in a study known as "The Christmas Effect on
Psychopathology." However, they found an increase after the Christmas
holiday. This provides a clue about the devastating effect of Post-Holiday
It does not matter if you had a great
time at the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean or Gran Canaria Island in Spain;
we are all susceptible to these feelings.
In short, this is the brain's way of
transitioning between two different experiences.
While your holidays may not have been
as wonderful as you hoped, your brain exaggerates the reality during the
holiday season, making the return to normal much more depressing than it
To overcome this wrecking feeling, here are a few things you must do:
1. Mindset shift
This discomforting feeling sprouts
from the mind. And funny enough, the solution often lies in mind as well. When
you understand your moody feeling results from your transition to your routine
or normal life, you can get a hold of the situation and easily break out,
restoring your mental health in the process.
It’s also important to note that the longer your holiday trip lasts, the more intense the Post-Holiday Blues may be. So, brace up.
2. Make plans for the future
As much as we personally cherish exciting moments, our brains also delight in them. Hence, planning a future event deceives our brain into believing there is something great to hope for. This way, we look forward rather than backward.
3. Talk to someone you care about
Engaging in a physical or on-phone
discussion with someone you love can be a game-changer. It's so therapeutic.
In addition, intimate conversations
can significantly impact your psychological well-being. However, mere texting
might not be as effective.
Engaging with friends and families who matter to you can provide much-needed inspiration.
4. Eat healthily
Diet plays a role in our mood.
The sugary and alcoholic diets you
thrive on during the holiday may negatively impact our general health. Alcohol
is a well-known depressant, and research has also found a correlation between
junk food and depression.
So, unsurprisingly, after a long
overindulgence during the holidays, we might not be feeling our best afterward.
Hence, eating nutrient-dense food such as vegetables and fruits can be crucial to improving your psychological well-being.
5. Get enough sleep and plenty of rest
The degree of planning and
preparation that goes into a holiday can be overwhelming. Besides that, the
stress of traveling, packing your luggage, and the like can be exhausting.
Hence, getting enough sleep before
transitioning into your routine should not be taken lightly.
Take a day or two to rest and unwind before returning to normal routines.
6. Take a walk
Though it may sound ridiculous, it
sure works fire.
Studies have proven that taking a
stroll can tremendously impact one's general well-being. Hence, it is medically
advisable we engage in such an act from time to time.
Also, research has it that nature therapy is critical to overcoming depression and mental health-related issues. Simply walking through a green field or artificial forest can restore your mental health and get you back into shape.
7. Take It Easy On Yourself
Give it time. Don't just unpack your
stuff and begin your routine after a vacation. Instead, set up a day or two as
Many people hold their self to a very high standard. And fail to care for themselves as they should. Such an act is not self-care. Care for yourself. You are human, not a machine. So, treat yourself like an empathetic human would.
In the end, we should not dread post-holiday blues. Anyone can experience this moody feeling. So do not beat yourself too much. Engage in self-care. Acknowledge the situation. Acknowledge the feeling. Take your time and be patient with yourself during your healing process. And watch yourself get back into shape.
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