How to beat the post-holiday blues

Returning from a holiday can often be a bit of a downer, but it doesn’t have to be, especially if you follow these six simple steps on how to avoid the post-holiday blues.

1. Look after yourself
When you return home, the first thing on which you should focus is getting enough sleep. Travel can be tiring, and even though you may not realise how much it takes out of you at the time all that up-and-about activity takes a toll on your body. It’s also wise to eat well and drink in moderation – except for water of course. Exercise will also make you feel good, even if it’s going for a short walk each day.

2. Book your next holiday
This is the best way to beat the post-holiday blues. Book your next trip and start saving yor self for another epic journey. Having a goal is always a good distraction from depression, and there’s no better goal than travelling.

3. Make some changes
Take advantage of your new perspective and make some life changes. Don’t fall back into your everyday routine. Try new food, watch a foreign film or two, make one day or night each week one on which you learn something new or do something that out of your comfort zone. Try to bring home some of that ‘holiday mode’ and stick to it.

4. Inspire yourself
Plan activities that you can look forward to, book yourself into a class or volunteer with a group that helps in an area of interest to you. Visit a gallery, read a book, speak to people who do the things you love, be with those who fire up your imagination and motivate you to be better. Allow yourself to be inspired and follow your dreams.

5. Create a homage to your holiday
Go through your photos and, if you haven’t already taken a travel journal, document your journey. Sort out your receipts, passes and ticket stubs and create an homage to your holiday. Be it a scrapbook, movie, slideshow or some sort of visual or written diary, remembering the good times you had on your trip will put some happy thoughts in your head.

6. Get out and about
Find your local farmers’ market or head to the botanic gardens, or simply go for a walk in the park. You could also meet friends for a coffee, or if you’d like to stay at home, have a drink in the backyard. Being outside lifts your mood, especially if you can get out to nature. Equally, a day trip to the city will also give you a spark to lift your mood. It certainly works for me.

Do you have any post-holiday mood lifters? Why not share them with our members?

 

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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