This month Steve shares top tips on how to avoid feeling down when you come back from vacation...
It's that time of year again, when those of us lucky enough to have been away on holiday this summer feel a bit down. The tan has faded, the promised emails to new-found holiday friends haven't been sent and that bottle of hierbas, which tasted so good with ice in the bar in Ibiza, has now been pushed to the back of the kitchen cupboard...
Apparently 57% of Brits feel depressed or deflated after coming home from holiday. Even if you’re happy with your relationship/job/health, many of us see holidays as an opportunity to reassess our lives. But invariably the sunshine, gin & tonics and welcome distractions end up with us having zero motivation to think about hardcore things, and the return home brings us back down to earth with a bump.
However, according to Carole Ann Rice, one of the UK's leading life coaches, the experience can be a positive thing and a wake-up call for change. She suggests that rather than just pushing on through and getting back to normal, there are a number of things we can do.
First of all, she suggests five things to make you feel better straight away...
● Unpack immediately and put luggage away. There’s nothing worse than having cases hanging around reminding you of your trip.
● Recreate your favourite meal from your holiday - rather than a bleak reminder, make it a new recipe in your repertoire.
● Buy a new houseplant to replace any that died while you were away.
● If possible, give yourself some time off work after your holiday. It might seem like a good idea to get the maximum time away, but getting back at 1am before work at 9am will only leave you feeling frazzled.
● De-clutter. You survived out of a suitcase for two weeks, so fill a bag with stuff you don’t need and take it to a charity shop.
Once the unpacking is done, Carole Ann suggests addressing some of the root causes of your post-holiday blues. First, make a list of things you don't want - perhaps the long commute, the extra pounds you’re carrying or the untidy garden - and then make a list of the things you do want. What do you want for your health, career, social life, relationships and yourself? Plan things to look forward to straight away. Perhaps renew a lapsed gym membership or arrange coffee with a friend you haven’t seen for a while.
Secondly, make a new-season resolution. Look back at your New Year resolutions and have a second go at them. Autumn is a great time for change, with the shorter days, the new term and lots of evening classes starting.
Thirdly, Carol Anne warns against comparing and despairing. If you’re feeling sad after your holiday, going online to see pictures of mates sipping mojitos in Sitges will only make it worse. Instead, get off Facebook and concentrate on seeing people in real life.
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