You know that feeling of overwhelming home sickness when you are away for a lengthy period? That desire to return home to what’s familiar and to see family, friends and pets and get back into your routine. I almost always get this feeling when I’m getting towards the end of my holiday. However as soon as I get home and have caught up with my family and my chores I start experiencing a kind of mild depression, better known as post-holiday blues. This is very common and I suffer from it badly. In fact I’m suffering from it now! So I’m here to tell you how to beat the post-holiday blues.
Don’t despair. The post-holiday blues don’t generally last too long. They are most often just a period of adjustment while you reacquaint yourself with your day-to-day life. Believe me you will soon feel like your old self again and quickly settle back into your normal routine. But that really is the problem. Sometimes our expectations of returning home to loved ones, jobs and routine is a complete let down.
Post-holiday blues or the comedown is characterised by a downward emotional slide, which is our mind’s attempt to restore our ordinary, and optimal level of functioning. Once the holiday is over, it is back into the same old routine and for some of us an overloaded credit card bill. It’s back too work for most of us and undertaking tedious tasks of making our beds, cooking meals, housework and no more sleep-ins. It’s a jolt back into reality!
Most people get the blues because they live just for the holiday and have put so much time and effort into planning for it. We can tell ourselves, “Oh bugger, we have to wait another year,” or we can be excited that it actually happened. It’s about learning to focus on the positive.
Also during holidays, people pack in many, many more pleasurable activities than they would in their normal lives. I’ve found one way to overcome this is by incorporating one enjoyable activity into your week that will go a long way towards alleviating the blues.
One of the major contributors to post-holiday blues is the condition known as jet lag. Millions of travellers struggle against this most common sleep disorder that makes you feel like crap for days after you have returned home.
Jet lag actually results from an imbalance in our body’s natural “biological clock” caused by travelling to different time zones. This results in our bodies telling us it is time to sleep, when it’s actually the middle of the afternoon, or it makes us want to stay awake when it is late at night. This has been my husband and my bugbear for the past four days after returning from Italy.
The other cause of jet lag is the design of airplanes. Jet lag starts to creep up on travellers once the plane hits altitudes above 6,500 feet when their heart and lungs have to work overtime to supply oxygen to organs, which results in feelings of fatigue and shortness of breath.
However most of the modern aircraft today are designed to keep the cabin at a steady 6,000 feet inside and technology that pumps in better air with more humidity, which combats feelings of dehydration. So my tip is to select a flight on either an Airbus or Dreamliner airplane, because these airplanes are equipped with new technology.
What works for me best on long haul flights is to drink heaps of water, avoid alcohol altogether, don’t eat the awful airline food, take plenty of walks around the aircraft and try to sleep as much as possible, (even though sleeping in those uncomfortable seats can be a challenge!)
I know this all sounds like good old-fashioned common sense, but believe me many people fall into the trap of returning back to their same dull routine post holiday. The trick is to bring something back from your holiday that you enjoyed indulging in during your time away and trying to incorporate this into your life. From my recent holiday in Italy I have returned with two new things that I would like to learn, and that is the Italian language and how to make my own pasta. Wish me luck!
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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