Thursday, 20 April 2017

5 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a nice long weekend! We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather to enjoy the Easter holiday break. But now, for many it’s time to go back to work and buckle down for exams. Life might seem bleak right now, but don’t despair! It’s probably just the post-holiday blues.

Take this quick quiz to see if this sounds like you.

1. You can’t sleep at night and can’t get up in the morning.

2. You have no interest in anything after holiday

3. You want to quit your job and lie on the beach everyday

4. You can’t find the will to exercise

5. You have no focus for the things you need to work on

6. You have become addicted to shopping, surfing the internet or playing video games

If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, congratulations! You may just have the post-holiday blues (otherwise known as PHB). Welcome back to reality! Keep reading to find out how you can motivate yourself to open your lecture notes and get back into the swing of things. 

What are the post-holiday blues?

Different countries and regions have different names for it. Some call it post-travel depression. In other places you may know it as post-holiday syndrome. Essentially this disorder is a type of psychological shift that occurs after coming home and returning to a normal routine after a relaxing vacation. PHB sufferers realise how boring or mundane his or her normal life is in comparison with the excitement of travel and adventure. 

Whether it’s tiredness, lack of appetite or energy or extreme drowsiness, PHB affects everyone in different ways. But the most important thing to get you through the darkness is the fact that you had an amazing holiday with your family/ friends and now you are re-energised to resume your regular life again. 

Ok, so how can we cope with the post-holiday blues?

Unfortunately there is no treatment for PHB. Old routines may feel heavier than the force of gravity after days of weightlessness- a familiar burden that suddenly feels harder to bear. But with a bit of effort and determination, you may find that your batteries have been recharged and in a few days you will feel full of energy to continue your life journey. 

If you are still feeling glum, here are some tips to help you bounce back even faster.

1. Start planning your next holiday in advance.

Look forward to your next trip and avoid the stress of planning last minute. Proper planning can help you and your family to enjoy your moments together and save time and MONEY.

2, Immerse yourself in culture.

Instead of travelling far away, tiring yourself out from driving or hiking, why not just take advantage of Sydney’s cultural scene. You could hang around in the street and explore the most talented buskers, go to a museum or attend a classical concert at the Opera House wearing your most elegant dress/suit.

3. Treat yourself to a spa day.

Daily pressure and fatigue results in low levels of blood flow, which could influence the metabolism of epidermal cells. So, indulging in a spa treatment or a massage are great options to take care of your skin after days of lounging under the torrid sun.

4. Confide in someone.

It’s not good to keep things bottled up. Confiding in someone you trust whether it be your father or mother can help you get issues off your chest. Besides, parents love drama. Apart from regaling them with anecdotes about your life, they should be glad for your company and are probably happy to hear about your life.

5. Stay at home.

Don’t feel guilty about not having the energy to leave the house. Sometimes the perfect cure is pyjamas, popcorn and a good series. It’s good to be a couch potato once in a while. As long as sooner or later you get back to work on the things that matter.

One last thing before I go. It’s not important how you suffer from post-holiday blues or how you cope with the fallout. You can always remember the enjoyable moments you shared with the people you love. Just let those joyful memories light up the road in front of you. You can do this! Open those study notes today!

Hazel Chen
Current student from the Master of Marketing program at the University of Sydney Business School.

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