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Overcoming The Post-Vacation Depression (Part 1)


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Post-vacation depression, or post-vacation blues, is something we all experience after returning from a long-awaited vacation. Going back the normal mode and getting back into the routine of work, school, and everyday life can cause moodiness, distress, disorientation and discomfort.

However, the post-vacation depression can be overcome with a little determination. One needs to accept that break is over and focus on all the beautiful things the vacation has given you.

Recognizing the Symptoms

The first and foremost is to recognize the signs that you may be suffering from this common occurrence. Though some vacationers don’t have a problem embracing their everyday routines after a long and pleasurable trip, many others have troubles easing back to normal.

Some symptoms of what is clinically known as post-travel depression (PTD) include:

  • tiredness
  • restlessness (having trouble focusing on work, school, everyday tasks)
  • loss of appetite
  • increase in appetite
  • sadness, even tears
  • nostalgia
  • inability to settle down
  • anger

Overcoming PTD

You need to realize that your vacation doesn’t necessarily end here.

You experienced different cultures, saw new things, tried new food, experienced different paces of life – this way you have opened up new doors in your life and reached brand new possibilities.

It is vital to embrace what these new experiences have given you and there is a reason to feel enthusiastic and truly alive.

Time to Brag

Share your experiences with your friend and family. Recount and relive your travel experiences by posting photos and memories from the trip online. Interesting stories and funny mishaps can be relived as many times as you want.