12 ways to beat the post-holiday blues

We’ve all been there! If you’re feeling tired, low and demotivated, the following tips might just set you back on the road to recovery

  1. Don’t panic. It’s quite normal to feel stressed and even panicked when you return from your blissful break only to return to real life with a bang. Tasks may even have been piling up on your desk while your back was turned! You’ll soon get back in the swing of things, so take some deep breaths and keep a cool head.
  2. Get some rest. It seems counterintuitive to rest after a holiday, but you may have spent a long time travelling or even be suffering from jet lag if you flew. Give your body a few days to recover by sleeping a little longer and easing yourself back in rather than rushing to get things done at 100mph.
  3. Drink lots. Nope, we’re not talking about more holiday cocktails! It’s important that you stay well hydrated if you’ve been drinking more alcohol, eating less healthily or sitting in hot sunshine for prolonged periods. This can really make you feel drained, putting additional strain on your body. Avoiding alcohol, coffee and other artificial stimulants will also help.
  4. Eat well. If you’re feeling tired and sluggish, try upping your fruit and veg count, while also reducing your carb levels. This should lift your mood and have a positive impact on your skin, hair and nails, which may be suffering sun or chlorine damage. If you’re still feeling run down, it may be worth taking some vitamins or supplements. Ask your GP or pharmacist if you need advice on this.
  5. Start prioritising. You may have a million things to do now you’re back, but some of them can wait. Sit down in a comfy chair and write a list of things you need to do in the next hour, the next 24 hours, the next week and the next month. Start with the most urgent and easiest to achieve, then tick them off as you go along. If you can, delegate some of your responsibilities, either for the short term or as a permanent solution.
  6. Take a walk. Whether you’re back at work or cooped up inside doing household chores, it’s important that you take a break from time to time and get a bit of exercise. Walk to the shops instead of driving or cycle to meet a friend for coffee (or preferably a smoothie!). If you find exercise really helps, consider signing up for a gym membership or an exercise class.
  7. Plan some fun. It can be a big jump from holiday to constant slog, so give yourself something to look forward to. Plan in a lunch date or a cinema trip. Hang out with people who energise you and make you laugh. You could even start researching holiday destinations for your next break! It doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom just because you’re back home.
  8. Talk to someone. If you can’t seem to shake this feeling and it seems to run deeper than general post-holiday blues, reach out to someone you trust. Give your best friend or church leader a call. Explain how you’re feeling and allow them to give you the support you need. If you don’t have anyone you can really talk to, see your GP or a counsellor and find out what support is available.


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Joy Tibbs is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Premier. Find out more at joyofediting.co.uk and find her on Twitter @joyous25

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