Getting back to the routine is hard and it’s common to suffer some anxiety and sadness, but there are also those who experience tiredness, apathy, lack of concentration and drowsiness. If you have these symptoms, you may be suffering from post-holiday syndrome – here are some tips on how to overcome it!
What exactly is post-holiday syndrome?
This is an adjustment disorder that covers the symptoms that a worker may suffer when returning to work after a holiday period. The most common symptoms are: fatigue, tiredness, weariness, lack of vitality and motivation, anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating and some psychosomatic symptoms, such as sleep disturbance, digestive problems or muscular pain.
Although the symptoms can be very uncomfortable, the duration of the condition is short. It usually only requires a little patience until normality is restored.
How to combat post-holiday syndrome
Take preventive measures
One of the most useful tips to combat it is to take preventive measures. Take the time you need to settle back into your routine and let your body adapt.
A good idea is to have a few extra days at the end of your holidays to stay at home and slowly incorporate your responsibilities. This way you can readapt to the routine at home and plan your return to work in an orderly and calm manner.
Do sport during your holidays
Physical exercise can help you avoid post-holiday stress. By keeping your body active, you are less likely to suffer a drop in mood.
Pre-arrange sleeping habits
In the days before going back to work, try to readjust your body to your usual sleep rhythms. This will make the change less abrupt and easier for you.
Follow a healthy diet
Diet has a direct impact on mood, so the worse your diet is, the worse you will face this syndrome.
During the holidays it is normal to neglect your diet a little. Make the most of those extra days after your holidays to get back to your old eating habits.
Don’t take your work home with you
Once you return to work, it is very important to separate work and leisure time. If you take your work home with you at the end of the day, you will end up overloaded and your stress levels will increase.
See a specialist
If after a while you are still experiencing the symptoms of post-holiday syndrome, we recommend that you visit a specialist. They will know how to help you overcome it and get back to normal.
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