How to beat post-holiday blues

It’s coming to the end of the summer holidays and many of us are heading back to work after an incredible holiday. We all love going on holiday but the comedown that inevitably follows can give us a real case of the post-holiday blues.

So in order to help you readjust to life at home, we’ve compiled this checklist of handy hints to help you get the spring back in your step!

Combating jetlag

We love jetting off to far-flung locations to experience exotic cultures. However, those air miles can soon add up to a serious case of jetlag. Overcoming jetlag can take a little while, but you can speed up the process by doing the following:

Drink lots of water to rehydrate your body after the flight. The Daily Telegraph’s article on flight health illustrates how humidity levels in aeroplanes commonly reach just 20% compared with the 40-70% that we usually find in the air around us.

Readjust your sleeping patterns by staying up and waking up at normal times depending on your current time zone. It can be tough but it’s worth a few sleepy days to get back to normal faster. If sleep continues to be an issue, make sure that you have a bed of adequate size and quality such as those found on Bedstar’s website.

Jet lag can also play havoc with your appetite. So, much like sleep, try and adapt your food intake to your new time zone as quickly as possible, but ensure that portion sizes are small and not too fatty.

 

Mental relaxation and stimulation

Now that your body is taken care of, it’s time to focus on the mind. We can often spend months mentally preparing for a trip abroad, but hardly any of us think about how we’ll occupy our time when we come back. So try a few of these ideas:

Unpack and declutter. Whilst it can feel like the last thing you want to do when you get in the back door, unpacking your bags and throwing everything in the wash is a physical activity that allows your brain to slowly process the reality of being back home. And giving the house a quick decluttering session will make your home feel newer, fresher and a lot more welcoming.

Take your time. We often rush straight back to work due our holiday allowance but, if you can, take an extra day off to chill out at home. Do something fun in your local neighbourhood so you’re not too devastated about being back.

Stay in the holiday spirit. Use those beautiful holiday memories as a way to reinvigorate your home with a new colour scheme, some exotic furnishings, or even give your brain a kickstart by learning a foreign language. Get your holiday photos printed out and cover your walls with the memories.

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Keep in touch

If you met people on holiday they can become friends for life. People talk about whirlwind holiday romances but you can also have whirlwind holiday friendships where you instantly bond with people. Make sure you keep in touch from the get-go or it’ll be too easy to lose touch. Make plans to meet up closer to home so you can reminisce about the holiday!

 

Start planning your next holiday

And finally, there is no better cure for the post-holiday blues than to start planning your next holiday. Make it bigger, better, more adventurous, more stylish and more exciting than the last and you’ll be over those blues in no time!

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

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