Post holiday syndrome has been experienced by many a traveller. The melancholy sensation that overwhelms you upon your return home from a trip abroad is entirely valid. There are countless blogs that record travellers’ adventures and the post travel blues that follow. Independent travellers and bloggers, Nomadic Matt and Kristen Sarah are examples of travellers who have experienced and written of the after effects of returning home from holiday. There is an increasing number of blogs and articles online that identify a feeling of emptiness and loss of motivation or joie de vivre in individuals post-travel, either on holiday, student exchange or other adventures abroad.
Amidst all the personal accounts of post holiday syndrome, post holiday blues, post vacation syndrome or what I like to call post travel depression, I was curious to find out if there is a legitimate diagnosis for this feeling or sensation. Many of my international friends and I have expressly admitted to each other we yearn for the day to relive our travel experiences. In my search for validation I discovered that Prof. Humbelina Robles Ortega of the University of Granada, Spain, has officially diagnosed “Post-Holiday Syndrome”.
Professor Humbelina R. O. state’s that the main cause of PHS is that work is associated with “no good moments” as was quoted in an online media release. People who experience PHS may exhibit symptoms such as muscular aches, anxiety, drowsiness, depression, and general feelings of unease and discomfort with their daily routine. Never fear weary travellers, if you have felt this way at some time upon your return home there are ways to repel the post-holiday blues.
Medical News Today outlines ways in which you might overcome PHS and create a lifestyle that you enjoy rather than living for the holidays. For instance, you might decide to shorten the duration of your holiday so that you separate your time off work into two segments in the year, rather than one large segment. Maybe you’d like to establish a period of “re-adaptation” so that when you return home from a holiday you have some days off to come to terms with where you are before returning to work? Small changes like these may help to prevent the overwhelming discomfort of coming home and the traumatisation that comes with significant lifestyle change.
One of my personal favourite tips is to plan other exciting events to attend during the year and extracurricular activities to do. This way, you’re keeping yourself engaged and enthused throughout the year and don’t feel as if working is preventing you from enjoying life. Rather, let every day present itself as a new opportunity for exploration and intrigue. New adventures can begin anywhere.
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