At this point of the year, it is very normal for vacations to come to an end. It is time to return to work and routine and with it we can have Post-Vacation trauma. It is true that we all want to return to show off our holiday destinations with our coworkers. But for the body, the change from vacations to daily activity is an effort.
Post vacation depression or trauma is a syndrome that many people experience at the end of their vacations and return to work. Although psychologists and psychiatrists do not agree on whether it should be considered as such, it is a syndrome that usually presents symptoms very similar to those of a clinical depression: feeling of apathy, discouragement, irritability, difficulty in relating to others, insomnia, etc. In severe cases it can lead to anxiety states, digestive disorders and tachycardias. It has even come to see cases in which adults went to work with a towel and swimsuit.
How do we prevent this from happening? The main thing is to take it patiently and think that it is normal. If not, it can be enhanced much more and reach serious cases. So, take note, nobody likes that because of the post-vacation trauma his children wake him up to go to work while he grabs the pillow and begs “5 more minutes please.”
Let’s see some tips to make the return to work more bearable and avoid post-vacation trauma:
1- Try to look for the positive side. Working is hard, but there are many responsibilities that depend on our jobs and luckily, you have the possibility of facing them. So, if the lottery doesn’t touch us, we have to settle for the luck of being able to work.
2- Collate work with leisure. Do not stop suddenly the activities you did during the holidays. A walk, go to the pool or go by bike are things that looking for the moment can adapt to the working hours of the majority. Maintaining some activity that was carried out during the holidays so that the change is not so abrupt is important.
One of the strategies that usually work for us is to make Mondays special, take advantage of the first day of the week to go to the movies, dine out or other activities so that you start the week with enthusiasm.
3- Learn again to organize your time. Relaxing time has passed, but you may have started some activity that you like and do not want to leave it. Find a place in your agenda to take it forward. Not only that, organize your time since it will help you feel that you do more things during the day and not that you are always working. This will help you find yourself better and do things during the week that you like best.
4- Learn to manage stress. It is normal that after a few days or weeks of rest it costs to go to work. It is important for that to stop from time to time. You can get up to breathe, take a short walk to the office and in a few minutes reconnect. These small “disconnections” with work make us more focused when we return and, when changing activity, the body loses stress.
Another option that will make you reduce the level of stress and improve your overall well-being is sports. He usually does a little sport, sometimes it costs but it really is worth it. The sport is proven to reduce the level of stress and release endorphins, which will make your days better.
It is important to be able to assess what you have in each moment, this makes us take away from the problems. In the case of work, it is still clearer.
The last tip is that if you get overwhelmed with work, enjoy your free time and forget about the pending tasks you have at home. Ask a Helper for help and get help so you can enjoy your time and not spend it on making home repairs or cleaning it. Leave us in the comments your best tips so that other people can also overcome Post-Vacation trauma.