Its the new year and at this time of year most people have enjoyed at least a little time off work, so why are so many of us shuffling through office corridors with hangdog expressions, or moping about our desks looking as if we’d rather die than be here, at our jobs?
Waking up on 1 January is a dark time for most of us. Not only are you (probably) nursing a gargantuan hangover from New Year’s Eve, but those 31 consecutive days of December debauchery are starting to take their toll. Those plenty chocolate treats, binge eating and drinking seems to be very visible on your waist line.
Having to get back into the routine of work, school, and daily life in general can be a source of distress, disorientation and discomfort as you feel you just can’t settle back in. Indeed, for some people, post-vacation blues can result in a feeling that you no longer want to keep doing what you’re doing and all you can think about is making an enormous change to your life.
While it may be unpleasant, the post-vacation blues can be overcome with a little determination and a focus on accepting what the vacation gave you and how valuable your everyday life is.
Acknowledge that this will happen and recognize the symptoms.
Look at your past experiences to enlighten you as to your normal post-holiday feelings, look out for patterns. Do you always fall into a slump after the holiday season? If you have spent period after last two holidays in despair, then the chances of this post holiday period continuing in despair are high. Look carefully about what you did last time and what relaxed you. And realize that generally this is a phase is momentary and can be easily fixed.
Find Things To look forward to
If you went away and experienced different cultures, pace of life, scenery, food, etc., then you’ve opened up new doors in your life. You have been touched by possibilities that weren’t a part of your life before and it’s vital to keep this aspect of your vacation well and truly alive. You can bring the culture of another country back into your life in many ways, including through dancing, craft, art, clothing, learning the language, watching films or documentaries, connecting to online friends in that country, writing a novel or short story about your vacation, etc. In some cases, joining a class can help keep your spirits buoyed, such as cooking, dance or art classes that reflect the cultural experience your vacation brought you into contact with.
Accept and embrace change (DON’T bite more than you can chew)
A large part of the post holiday blues is derives from a desire to change everything about your life because you feel so fed up or bored with how things are back in your “ordinary” life. This is just torture. It would be a mistake to try and cover up all the experiences of your vacation to just blindly push yourself back into the daily grind. Instead, find the things that really stood out for you in terms of your routines that you’d like to incorporate more of into your regular life. Dont try and do too much as this will just be a recipe for disaster. Living on less. When traveling, you discover you can often “make do” and still have the time of your life. Perhaps now is a great time to live a simpler yet fulfilled life.
Take good care of yourself, one healthy choice at a time.
After the many indulgences over the holiday period, it can leave you feeling a out of shape and worse for wear in the nutrition department. Aim to return to healthy eating, and drinks, and ensuring that you keep getting a good amount of exercise. Eating well and keeping up regular exercise will enhance your mood and help you return to good shape and fitness levels. If you’re worried about not keeping warm enough during the colder weather, have more healthy chunky, warming soups that will both warm and fill you up without carrying lots of calories. Warm salads are also an excellent choice during winter.
So instead of making New Year’s Resolutions that are calling out to be broken or starting some miserable fad diet/seven-day detox/intensive exercise regime, we believe in making changes and improvements that are realistic and life-affirming. Be positive about your year to come. Chose to be more present instead of constant complaining that will leave you miserable. Plan your next holiday and make it even bigger and better.