Holidays passed, we were caught by everyday life. We tell you how to deal with post-release depression.
All gifts were presented, films were watched, salads were eaten. The sparklers burned out, the parties rustled, the planes landed. It is not surprising that a return to the usual rhythm forgotten in ten days of unbridled fun will be difficult, to put it mildly, because the mere prospect of getting up again every day in pitch darkness and lashing at rush hour at work already causes almost physical pain.
The set of sensations that a person experiences in the first working week, was called by psychologists as "post-release depression," or "post-release syndrome." The following symptoms are characteristic of this condition:
If you find these signs in yourself, then exhale first - this is absolutely normal. Just try to perceive your condition not as a universal collapse, but as a natural need of the body to adapt and switch from one rhythm to another.
Post-vacation depression usually lasts from two to five days, so the first week after going to work will be a priori not the most pleasant and not the most productive. And so that the process of “return” would be as painless and traumatic as possible, we compiled this list:
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No, this does not mean that you need to urgently take a sick leave and by all possible means try to delay access to work. Holidays are, in fact, a state of mind, this mood. You can extend this feeling, and not only extend it, but also integrate it into your daily life.
If you spent your holidays on long-awaited trips, absorbing the life and culture of another country, then try to somehow "revive" the experience. For example, instead of endlessly reviewing a million photos from your vacation, select the 20 coolest and make them a mudboard (by the way, the shells that you collected on the beach before leaving will just become a wonderful decorative element). Or try to remember which dish of local cuisine you liked most, find its recipe and cook it yourself for dinner. And even cooler - throw a theme party along the waves of your trip and call all your friends. So you will not only have fun and distract from the obsessive thought “it’s good there, it’s bad here”, but also extend the happy emotions that will already be connected with life after the trip.
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An unfamiliar environment requires new skills and solutions. So, traveling can reveal in us those qualities that we did not even suspect existed. For example, during trips because of the difference (due to the huge difference) in exchange rates, we not only become more frugal, we basically realize that we can do without a lot, and we really don’t need some things (no, it's not about dessert - although you also don’t really need it). You understand that you can live more modestly and spend less, while the comfort dear to your heart does not particularly suffer from this.
And note that you only needed a phone during the trip in order to take photographs and search for information (a city map, the nearest cafe, like Thai would say “thank you”, where to buy coconut oil) - you did not sit for hours and did not watch the Instagram feed and facebook (yes, you, in fact, didn’t care what your friends were posting there), you used the Internet to find the necessary data, and not to kill time. It would be nice to recall this more often in everyday life. Plus, on trips, we often meet new friends who are sometimes completely unlike people from our usual circle of friends. If you find a person close in spirit to you in another country, then why not continue to communicate with him after returning home, since modern technologies allow this, moreover, language practice is never superfluous.
And we are talking here not so much about retouched photographs of the surf and your feet against its background, but about small travel notes. No need to write a fundamental work and describe in detail each shrimp eaten - this is not interesting to anyone, but to remember the most interesting and bright moments is a completely different matter. Make an album codenamed “Evpatoria-2007” on the same Facebook, upload no more than 20 photos there and accompany each photo with a short but capacious story. This is such a visual diary of your trip, such virtual "holiday cards". Just do not go too far and make sure that you have not written anything superpersonal - after all, you need to leave something to yourself and only to yourself.
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If preparing for the trip is fun, you like to look for convenient flight options, inexpensive hostels, interesting places for walking, cozy cafes with local cuisine or unusual museums, why don’t you share your knowledge with other tourists? Your experience is not just a source of memories, it is information, and it’s very, very useful. Register on popular tourist forums and sites or join similar groups in social networks and write your review about the trip. Think over the structure - your “review” should be as informative and critical as possible. So you will help many people not to make any mistakes or, on the contrary, not to miss something truly interesting.
Plus, if you can’t travel often, then trips can come to you. It's time to remember the good old
and arrange something like "Traveling Italians in Russia". To host foreign guests and act as a guide for them is not only useful in terms of personal growth (you have to remember the foreign language and the history of your own city), but it is still incredibly fun. And most importantly - you can make real friends and the next vacation go to them on a return visit.
The sure way to deal with post-release sadness is to start preparing for your next vacation. Moreover, for this it is not necessary to immediately rush to buy tickets and book hotels, it is enough to do the selection of a new destination. Suppose, if you always dreamed of hiking in the mountains or, finally, finding out “this strange place is Kamchatka,” then you can start saving money, tracking and reading all kinds of reviews right now to make your future trip as budget-friendly as possible (as much as , of course, it is possible if we are talking about Kamchatka). Having a goal in the future, in the present you will be more economical in your expenses and before you buy something, you will think twenty times whether you really need it.
The first thing you usually want to do after a vacation is quit. Such a desire is also quite natural, especially if one imagines that a person hadn’t recalled work at all before ten busy days. But if the thought of dismissal is persistently spinning in your head, and you are almost physically disgusted by fulfilling your usual tasks and tasks, then it's time to think. Maybe your vacation is a kind of signal for awakening: you had the opportunity for some time to emerge from the daily routine and distance yourself from it, and now you look at your life from the side and understand that it is not at all like you would they wanted to see her. Perhaps you do not suffer at all from "post-release depression", but from the realization that in this everyday life you are unhappy that it is no longer for you? And while you are just standing at the start and have not yet dived to work with your head, you have the opportunity to change something.
But remember - before making a decision, give yourself time to think (at least five days), weigh the pros and cons, listen to yourself. Usually, when a person makes the right decision for himself, it immediately becomes easier for him. Yes, perhaps you will find difficulties and the notorious way out of the "comfort zone", but any trip is the way out of such a zone. But you like to travel.