My last vacation was so amazing that coming back to my normal life has been a struggle. I miss the freedom of being on holiday, not worrying about work or any stress. But I’ve started to notice some post-vacation blues creeping in and it’s impacted my mental health significantly.
The feeling of being overwhelmed is one of the most prominent aspects of how I feel when returning from holiday. I can feel myself becoming frustrated with things that otherwise wouldn’t have bothered me before taking a break. Even worse is understanding that this feeling is beyond my control and that my body needs more time to adjust before these overwhelming emotions will disappear.
I’ve learned different methods for looking after myself during this period – taking walks, getting enough sleep, spending quality time with family and friends, listening to calming music and reading an uplifting book are some examples of coping strategies I use.
Taking vacations makes me value how precious life is and that every moment should be savoured but coming home afterwards makes me reflect on my mental health journey and how important it is to look after myself by developing practices focused on wellbeing.