I always suffer from the post-holiday blues. The days following my travels are spent strategising ways to still earn a salary while working my way around the globe. So far, I’ve drawn a blank.
My latest jaunt took me to Italy, where I had four days on the Amalfi Coast, followed by three days in Naples. I arrived in the UK on Sunday afternoon and was headlong back into work on Monday morning. The post-holiday blues never made an appearance, and when I was still feeling good on Tuesday, I thought I had dodged them this time round. No such luck. On Wednesday, I found myself in the most foul of moods, cursing my country and its terrible weather and longing for an elusive life on the road.
I desperately needed a way to try and feel better; a distraction that would lift my mood. So, I came up with a few things that I’ve listed below, that have been helping to improve my outlook.
1. Keep busy – I’ve made plans left, right and centre to keep my mind busy and my hands occupied. Whether it’s catching up with friends, going for a run or catching up on Netflix, I’ve diarised almost every moment, which is proving helpful.
2. Make plans for the future – Since we’re about to launch full scale into the second phase of our home renovations, another holiday isn’t on the cards this year. But even though foreign travel is off limits, holidays aren’t. I’ve booked a few days off for August to enjoy the Edinburgh Festival, which feels a bit like a vacation in my own city. Win.
3. Put things into perspective – Sure, my holiday was AMAZING, but I’m guilty of losing perspective. What I mean by that is, I think a life abroad would be an endless stream of fun in the sun without a care in the world. I have found that reminding myself that it wouldn’t be like that forever is quite a good way to put things back into a more positive view.
4. Be your holiday self – I’m quite a different person on holiday. At home, I feel my life is frantic; I’m always on the go, eternally rushing from one thing to another, from deadline to deadline. When I’m abroad, it’s so different. I’m more chilled out, more tuned into my mind and body and what they need. To help keep that feeling alive, I’ve been trying to be better at managing my time. Rather than frantic, last minute mornings, I’ve tried to get up a little earlier and take things at a slower pace. So far, it’s had quite the positive impact on the rest of my day.
5. Gratitude – I’m acutely aware of how lucky I am, and reminding myself of this has helped me to move on from my holiday blues. I shouldn’t be moaning about being home, when there are other people who seldom get the chance to travel. Being grateful for the fact that I’ve had a holiday has certainly helped to improve my mood.
What are your tips for getting over the post-holiday blues? I’d love to hear them.3 likes