Post-vacation syndrome: adapting to the routine after vacation
Thu, 06/01/2023 – 16:13
A new year begins and many of us returned from a well-deserved vacation after the holidays, where the premise was literally to do nothing that we normally do on a day-to-day basis. But at the moment of returning to the routine and with it everything that entails, it can be difficult to resume the rhythm, feel uncomfortable and even have a little anxiety or stress; that’s why we say phrases like “I don’t know what’s wrong with me”, “I don’t feel like doing anything”, “I don’t want to be here”.
This is what we call the post vacation syndrome, that even if it is not considered as a disease, if it can be seen as an adaptive behavior or a normative response linked to anxiety or stress, due to the fact that it generates an uncertainty of starting all the daily activities of a moment to the other, and that in some cases we are not ready to resume.
Usually when we have this syndrome we feel tiredness, discouragement, disappointment, inhibition, sadness, general malaise, anxiety, frustration, social phobia, etc. It is a transitory problem that nevertheless becomes something of concern.
How to overcome post-holiday syndrome
Getting out of this syndrome will depend on our ability to adapt, to plan the daily activities we will face, and to know how to use procrastination (postpone tasks for activities we like more). Settling into a routine should be a gradual process, which over time will allow your physical health, mental and emotional state to improve.
Here are some tips to combat this syndrome and start a new cycle with the best attitude:
Don’t go back to your activities the day after you come back from vacation.
Reserve a few days of vacation to have a period of adaptation, and thus make an early and relaxed transition when starting everyday activities.
Take it easy on the return to routines and avoid stressing out.
By being active during the holiday period, this will help you settle into a routine when you return.
Gradually resume regular eating, sleeping and activity schedules.
Gradually return to your eating habits and regular diet, and if you can increase the amount of vegetables and fruits, this will help you feel more comfortable with your body.
Sleep well, and stick to your bedtime and wake-up times.
During the holidays try to have a good diet and healthy habits and do not overdo it.
When you start working, start with the easiest jobs and don’t bring work home.
The holidays are a necessary time to rest and renew your energy, but the most important thing is to have a positive attitude to help combat the discouragement that comes with returning to your daily routine.
This article had the advice of Angie Paola Monsalve and Camila Ledesma Herrera, psychologists from the Psychology service for collaborators at the Shaio Clinic.