Overcoming the Post-Holiday Blues

I don't know about you, but after an amazing event or holiday, I tend to suffer pretty badly from the Post-Holiday Blues. 

You know... when you feel a bit depressed, unmotivated, lethargic, or easily irritated. And you want to be anywhere but where you currently are. Apparently, this is also the time when you are most likely to book your next holiday.

So, I've been thinking of 4 ways to cope with the Post-Holiday Blues. 

Here goes:

1. Get adventurous. Often one of the reasons I feel so blue after a holiday is that I've usually experienced something new and different to the daily grind. Consider for yourself, what can I do to feel more alive or adventurous? Is it signing up to a class you’ve put off doing, visiting new restaurants or areas, or exploring whether you have an undiscovered passion for tango dancing?

Think about what it is that makes you love being on holidays, and think about how you can include this into your daily life more. For example, if you value the freedom and flexibility of being on holiday, then consider how might incorporate more of that in your day to day? If it’s being with your partner or friends a lot, then make sure you are taking steps to see them more.

2. Use your frustration for good. Often when we feel frustrated it’s because we want things to change, but don’t quite know how to get there. Spend some time working out what changes you want to make in your life, and use that frustration as a driver to get there. If there are no big picture things, change the simpler things in life, such as go to the gym, start cooking more, clean out that overflowing cupboard, or tick off some tasks you’ve really been procrastinating on.

3. Get grateful. Sometimes we can get really caught up with all the things that are bad about being home. But what about all the good stuff? It can be really important to start to appreciate the small things in life that you enjoy, such as having access to your favourite coffee, being able to make a home cooked meal or getting to see your friends.

4. Allow. Sometimes the only thing we can do is just allow ourselves to feel the way we do. It’s ok to feel a bit glum sometimes, particularly when your brain has just been flooded with feel good hormones, it’s normal to feel a bit blue as it readjusts.

Feeling sad is a normal emotion, the more you try to fight it, the worse it can get. If you want to learn how to manage difficult emotions such as sadness, you can check out our meditations. Simply download the app called Aura, sign up to our channel called Happiness Insight, and you will find meditations such as “Dealing with Difficult emotions”.

And remind yourself, there is something beautiful in experiencing something so wonderful that you grieve it when it’s over.

Next time your holiday ends, may you feel a little less blue.