Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

depressedDreaming of that sun-kissed, hot beach that you just left behind? Desperate to be back on your holidays? Try not to let the cold weather, dead houseplants and mound of mail and bills get you down.

The worst thing about holidays is that they come to an end. One minute, the most taxing thing on your mind is which cocktail you should order that evening, the next, you need to think about which bills to pay and how many washes you have to do and you feel like you have absolutely nothing to look forward to. So how do you get through these post-holiday blues?

The first thing to do is to determine how severe your post-holiday blues will be. For example, if you hate your job, hate being around loads of other people and take one one-week holiday once a year somewhere hot, you’re far more likely to deal with severe post-holiday blues than someone who loves their job and who takes frequent holidays. Knowing that you’ll be upset when you get back from your holidays will help you to deal with it more adequately.

One of the worst feelings when you get back from your holidays is knowing that you have to go back to work soon. Make yourself feel a little better about it and give yourself an extra day at the end of your holiday to settle back into life at home, rather than rushing back to work immediately after the end of your holiday.

Another great tip is to unpack as soon as you get home. Many of us make the mistake of leaving the unpacking for a week or so, because we feel like unpacking would just make us feel worse – but leaving a half empty suitcase in the middle of the floor is guaranteed to remind you of your holiday and the fact that you are no longer there.

Show off your tan! If you’re feeling particularly brown and golden, don’t just sit in your house –  go shopping, go partying, or throw a little home-coming dinner party for your friends and family. Extend the sunshine a little bit into your everyday life and you’ll feel far less down about the end of your holidays.

Organise something that you can look forward to for when you get back, such as a meal out with your partner or an evening out with the girls. Going out will really help to take your mind off things, and if you go somewhere that sells exotic food and zingy cocktails, you can transport yourself back to your holidays.

You should also take it easy. Give yourself a few weeks to ease back into your routine and don’t take on any major projects at work. That means that you can continue with that relaxed holiday feeling and if you’re lucky, you’ll also get chance to plan your next trip!

Life on holiday seems so simple because your life can fit into just one suitcase – you don’t have to clean, you don’t have to worry about bills and you don’t have to worry about all of your possessions. Try to streamline your life so you can reclaim back some of that same calmness that you felt whilst you were away. Remove unnecessary stresses and clutters and you’ll soon feel more relaxed.

Spend as much time outside as possible when you get back. Holidays make us feel good because we’re in the sunshine, and that is linked to good mood. Sit outside for at least an hour a day and the sun should work on your hormones in the same way as it does when you’re on your holidays.

Lastly, the absolute best way to beat your post-holiday blues is to get planning your next one!