How to beat the post-vacation depression
Just got back from vacation and suffering from depression? Read on to our tips for beating the post-holiday blues.
Look after yourself
Get enough sleep, eat well and drink in moderation. And exercise: “Even a short walk around the block can change our mood when we feel stuck or a bit post-holiday blue,” life coach Shannah Kennedy says.
Avoid the rut
Take charge of your life to avoid falling back into the workaday rut, Kennedy says. “Get out of the passenger seat and into the driver’s seat.”
Book another holiday
”Even thinking about and planning things can give as much pleasure as doing them,” beyondblue adviser Michael Baigent says.
Have things to look forward to
Planning and scheduling your weeks and months means you can incorporate activities you look forward to, Kennedy says. “Make your week or month inspiring. You put all that effort into dreaming about your holiday, put some effort into dreaming about your reality.”
Make a tribute to your holiday
Whether it’s a photo book or photo board, playlist or travel diary, creating a visual or written tribute to your holiday will not only enable you to relive it but provide you with a concrete reminder of the wonderful time you had. The Lonely Planet Australia author Rose Mulready suggests subjecting friends and family to a good old-fashioned slide show.
You’ve probably been getting lots of fresh air if you’ve just been on holidays, so make sure you continue that by nipping out of the office at lunchtime.