How to beat the post-holiday blues

So you’ve just returned from an epic adventure and post-holiday blues are setting in. The thought of returning to work and the mundane daily chores can be pretty dreadful and reality never seems quite as good after you’ve been travelling world. Let’s face it, ending any holiday sucks because travelling is pretty much the best thing ever but what if you could beat the blues and ease back into reality feeling happy, refreshed and grateful about life?

Watching the sunset at the Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia.

Watching the sunset at the Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia.

I challenge you to push yourself to beat the blues because that’s what I plan to do. I’m sure your reality is better than a lot of other people’s reality and usually after being in other countries and gaining new experiences it can help to gain perspective.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Make note of things you’re grateful for in your life and reflect on them every day especially if you start to get the blues. Do it on the plane ride home or when you’ve returned to your home country.
  2. Get your photos printed, framed, uploaded to your digital frame and display them in your home or on your work desk. Keep the happy memories close to you and remind yourself of the great time you had and how lucky you are to have those memories and experiences with you for the rest of your life!
  3. Get back to your routine as quickly as possible. Start exercising again, meet up with your friends, have a family dinner or dinner party, go to a networking event. Don’t sit at home doing nothing!
  4. Remember all those things you started to miss before you came home? Whether is was your bed, your home, your pet, freedom to go for a drive or being able to drink water from the tap (Australians are some of the luckiest people in the world). Now is the time to appreciate those things and remind yourself that although sometimes they seem mundane and boring or that you don’t even notice them, they are the little things you actually enjoy in life.
  5. Going on a holiday and taking time out from your daily routine is so important and it usually means that you have time to reflect on what’s working and what’s not working in your life. If your priorities have changed and you need to shift your responsibilities and commitments then now is the time to do it. Burn out is the worst so if there’s things you can do to make changes so you’re goals, priorities and values align then now is the time to do them, while you still feel relaxed and refreshed. Remember that if there’s things you need to give up because you don’t have the time or it’s not making you happy and fulfilling you anymore then that’s completely ok. I’ve been volunteering for 6 months for a global human rights organisation, working full time, studying, running a small business and blogging. I didn’t realise how tired I was and for me it’s time to stop volunteering for a while so I can readjust my priorities, commitments and time management. I’m done my volunteering stint for this year and I’m have done for a few years now and will continue to volunteer for the causes I believe in each year, when I can. It’s all about balance so if one ball has to drop, let it.
  6. Photo by Greyerbaby on pixabayStart planning your next trip to give yourself something to look forward to. While you might not have the money to book anything (DO NOT GO INTO DEBT) start looking and thinking about your next trip but don’t forget about the one you just returned from. Use those special memories to remind yourself about the adventure you just experienced.
  7. Change the way you think about work. If you didn’t work and have money then you wouldn’t be able to do all the awesome things you do in life, like go on the holiday you just returned from. Work isn’t so bad if you think about it in the right way and if you absolutely can’t stand your job then take action and start looking for something you’ll enjoy more.
  8. Eat healthy, take care of yourself and do the things you love again!
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Even though you’re holiday is over, life is pretty amazing so change your perspective and don’t let those post holiday blues catch up on you.

Have you recently returned from a holiday? Tell us about it. Where did you go and how do you beat the post holiday blues?

*Post-holiday blues are really and can be a form of depression. If you’re feeling down in the dumps for more than one or two weeks then contact a professional. Check out this article on Psych Central by Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker for more information.

What not to do....

What not to do….