How to not get depressed after holidays

In most cases, September means saying goodbye to vacations and rest days, returning to work, routine, and the dreaded “post-holiday depression. But, as Calixto Plumed, a psychologist at the Nuestra Señora de La Paz Clinic, points out,”the post-vacation syndrome, better known as post-vacation stress or depression, turns out to be a set of symptoms that manifest themselves when we join our obligations, whether they are work, family or study, after a period of vacation. It is not accepted as an illness, nor does it manifest itself in all people. As he explains,”it is not something sickly, and it is only a normal reaction of the human being to the cessation of an activity, in general, pleasant”.

According to statistics, 5 percent of the population on vacation suffers from it, and others even claim that up to 30 or 35 percent of the population have these feelings. Feelings that tend to go away after 10 or 15 days. People who are more prone to it are between 45 and 55 years old and have experienced a change in their biological rhythms (customs, schedules, etc.) during their holidays. That is why recommend to receive a treatment from in order to improve your state of mind.

Avoid feeling bad physically and mentally

Identifying this so-called bad syndrome is based on the sensation you have when you return to your job after finishing your rest period, with apathy, followed by fatigue or lack of energy to perform the tasks. In some cases, you may even have a headache, anxiety, or general discomfort. The most common manifestations are lack of concentration, irritability, sadness, fatigue, etc.

As Calixto Plumed points out, this depressive manifestation after the return to routine “is caused by not having understood that vacations are a change of occupation and, as such change must be adapted to both the outward and return and not in a hasty manner. The best remedy, therefore, is prevention: doing an activity that we like and enjoying a relaxing holiday “are the best ways to avoid the discomfort that results in a return to routine.

But if the work tends to be stressful and the holidays have been too busy, the psychologist gives us some advice that will help to overcome the post-vacation symptomatology:

  1. Get up early a few days before returning home.
  2. Have a special office routine for that morning.
  3. Make a fun and not too late plan to do after work.
  4. See the bright side.
  5. Cutting off recurring thoughts.
  6. Don’t get busy on the first day. Progressively approaching work activities.

In addition, he warns that the most frequent and intense family or group living together these days also make other manifestations appear that were hidden during the routine of the rest of the year, as well as “the excesses and wanting to reach everything that is presented to us, makes them become a source of stress days that should serve to change occupation or activity.

Calixto Plumed advises to take care of our body,”also on vacation and learn to listen to it so that it does not complain and so that we do not maltreat it. Once again, the balance is the right thing to do.