How to Beat the Post Vacation Blues
You have relaxed and daydreamed on a sunny beach or spent a day hiking somewhere outside the city. You might have had an enriching time visiting the museums or roughed it out in the wilderness or dived into the deepest caves on your vacations. And then, in a sudden jolt, all this bliss, euphoria and happiness is snatched away. Regular life, alarm clock, traffic jams, office work comes back in life and you have difficulty in accepting the reality. The feelings of hopelessness and sadness engulf you.
Well, you may be suffering from post vacation blues or post travel depression. It is a type of depressed and anxious mood that holidaymakers often experience when returning home from a trip. While the symptoms usually are mild feelings of being dissatisfied with life, it might also include short bouts of crying after vacation has ended. Yes, it is real and a very common phenomenon.
So, how do you maintain the sunny and happy outlook you had while you were on a vacation? Here are a few ways to boost your vibes and beat the post vacation blues:
- Plan extra days off before you return to work to stay at home to give yourself downtime.
- Ease into the daily routine, gradually.
- Keep your home neat and clean for the return. Coming home to a disorganized home will just add to your stress and misery.
- Start thinking about your next trip.
- Have your favorite dish from the vacation.
- Look at your photographs and videos from the trip and revisit some lovely moments. Nostalgia can enhance the mood.
- Hold on to your vacation memories by writing in a diary or a blog post.
- Find fun in your routine. Do whatever cheers you up.
- Explore the touristy destinations in your city.
- Make time for relaxation in your regular life.
- Focus on something new to do or learn.
- Be grateful for your vacation.
- Finally remember Dorothy’s words from Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home!”
Have you ever suffered from post vacation blues? What did you do to overcome your post trip depression?
April 25, 2018 1:03 am|
We always joke that we have to go back to work to get some rest after a vacation. lol But good advice you have here.
April 25, 2018 3:48 am|
🙂 I am sure many of us suffer from it. These are great points. Leaving home tidy for return actually helps immensely.
When we return, we unpack all the things, tidy up everything… and then day dream happily about the trip, looking at the pictures. For many days after the trip we chatter and laugh about funny or unexpected things that happened there.
April 25, 2018 4:31 am|
To me, going to office after a hectic vacation is the best rest and relaxation.
April 25, 2018 6:12 am|
The best remedy for PVB is to go on another holiday;) . Honestly whenever I feel blue after a holiday, I flip through the pix or call up a friend I’d met while on holiday and recapture those happy moments.
April 25, 2018 8:42 am|
Veyr wise post Shilpa and a very relevant feeling once the vacations are over. I also leave myself a gap of a few days on return to adjust back into daily routine plus yeah I leave the home clean and tidy, so that I am not into cleaning and mopping the whole time I am back. I also love to put up my holiday purchases like a magnet or a cup or a clock or a frame into place and spend time sifting through photographs, deciding which one to be printed and framed etc. This helps prolong the trip for me 🙂
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April 25, 2018 8:48 am|
This happens to be after each holiday! Infact I get irritable and snap at people around too. Slipping into routine immediately helps me recover faster though.
Your post should help a lot of people understand what Post Holiday Blues are and your great tips should help them deal with it.
April 25, 2018 11:58 am|
there is no place like home.. thats the beauty of all shilpa. i keep all the receipts as nostalgia for some days. often i do a journal of the places i visited to remember again. very useful post to understand post vacation blues. V is Villain https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/v-villain-blogchattera2z-atozchallenge-atoz/
April 25, 2018 1:27 pm|
I don’t exactly suffer from Post Vacation Blues. But now I realise that I’m already following some of the tips! 😀
April 25, 2018 3:26 pm|
Oh dear – I’m just planning my summer vacation. I don’t want to think about post vacation blues. I find that I’m happy to get back home after the holiday because I also love my home, my job, my cats and my friends. Nice post Shilpa – and great advice for people who are feeling sad.
April 25, 2018 3:58 pm|
I usually feel lethargic after a trip. I feel tired and doing chores becomes an ordeal. I guess I should follow your suggestion and take few extra days off just to get rid of my tiredness. Thanks for sharing Shilpa.
April 25, 2018 6:05 pm|
Travel blues, you are right can weigh you down but you will be surprised dear as much as I love yo travel, I equally love to get back to my bed. O how I love it . Sinking in it actually saves me.
April 25, 2018 7:52 pm|
It happens to me all the time, especially because I leave my room in a messy, disorganized state. The tips that you have shared will help me a lot. Thank you 🙂
April 25, 2018 8:52 pm|
Absolutely true pointers, i do leave 2 days extra after trip to relax in my abode, its true ghar ghar hota hai. Relaxing on trip & then returning to daily chores sometimes is boring.
April 25, 2018 10:29 pm|
Post-vacation blues for me are more about long sighs that it’s over and I can get back to my real life! I do like traveling but there’s so much uncertainty with it!
April 26, 2018 8:03 am|
Post vacation blues is a real thing for me. I try to beat it by taking my time over pictures and by writing about it, and of course by starting to plan the next vacation asap 🙂
April 26, 2018 12:00 pm|
No place like home indeed, but for the workaholic me no place like office to beat any sort of blues away.
Yes, I do take an extra day or two off once I get back from a vacation to ease my way to work, but once I get to work and I’m back to the routine, I feel comfortable. Every vacation for me ends with missing work and battling the temptation to check my work mails. I know I’m weird 😛
April 26, 2018 1:53 pm|
Just what I need this week– I’m suffering from post-break blues!
February 25, 2020 9:31 pm|
Yes, sometimes we need a vacation from our vacation! I always plan a couple of extra days to get back into the groove and settle in. Plus, conversations about the trip also help relive and feel good about returning to the routine. Great tips in here.
February 27, 2020 1:45 pm|
This feeling is so real. it took me a good 6 weeks to get back into the swing of things this year after taking a 2-week break in December. I did give myself grace and eased back into work taking longer breaks and not letting myself work late hours and it really made a huge difference.