Have you ever returned from an amazing holiday feeling high on life, only to quickly sink into a state of mind that can only be described as the post holiday blues?
It’s a feeling that swings between boredom, uninspired and forlornly wishing you were still on holidays. If you’re reading this, then I’m sure it’s a feeling you’re familiar with. Whilst post holiday blues can be the real deal, dealing with post holiday blues doesn’t have to be a big issue – they can be avoided or at the very least, minimised.
Whether you’ve just returned from your holiday, or are heading off soon and need a plan of action for your return, here are my top 5 tips for how to beat post holiday blues:
(Having just returned from a whirlwind trip in Europe I’ve been following these tips myself, and those familiar post holiday blues are nowhere to be found)
1. Get outside
Most of us spend a lot of time outside when we travel. We spend hours walking through cities, we sit outside at cafes and we may even hit the hiking trails. So when we get home and need to spend huge chunk of times indoors, it can be a huge shock to the system. Try to get outside every day, even if it’s just for a 10 minute walk on your lunch break. The sunshine and fresh air will do wonders for your mood.
2. Find a way to harness and tap into your bliss
We all have different ways that we stay happy, so devote yourself to doing the things that make you feel good. That may mean journaling and meditating in the morning, or heading back to your favourite yoga class. You might like to read before bed or turn up some music and dance around your bedroom. It might mean painting or editing your holiday snaps. It might even be as simple as thinking of three things you’re grateful for at the end of everyday. It’s not what you do that’s important, but more the feeling that it elicits. Know what makes you feel good and do that. If you’re doing things that make you happy you will keep those blues at bay.
3. Explore your home city
Most of us try and see as much as we possibly can while we’re on holidays, but we never think about exploring our home town. Plan a mini adventure and head to an area you’ve never been to before. Or you could try a new cafe or restaurant, or look up local walking tracks, or even check out your city on TripAdvisor for ideas. No matter where you live, I’m sure there will be something new for you to discover and explore.
4. Organise a fun catch up with your friends
Even if you were only away on a short trip, you will need to catch up with your friends. You might like to invite your besties around for a night in, head out for dinner together, or organise a picnic in your local park. For bonus points, you can even combine this step with number 3 and hang out with your friends while jaunting off on a mini adventure of your own city.
5. Enjoy the comforts of being at home and ramp up your self care
It can be very easy to let your self care practices slip while travelling, so once your back home self care is something you can easily relish and enjoy. A few things I love doing after a holiday are loading up my plate with extra veggies, soaking in the bath with a face mask on, and curling up on the couch to watch my favourite movies. The first week of being home is also a great time to catch up on any sleep you may have missed – either while travelling, flying home or while battling jetlag.
And there you have it. We don’t need to be in a new city or a different country in order to appreciate the beauty of life or to be happy. When we travel we are present in every moment, we fill up our days with activities or experiences that enliven us, and we constantly tap into our sense of curiosity. In order to keep the feeling of post holiday bliss, all we need to do is bring the joy of travel into our everyday lives.
Tell me, what are your tips for how to get over post holiday blues? Let’s start the conversation (via the comment section) below.
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