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Overcoming Post-Holiday Syndrome: Returning to Balance After Vacation

Saturday, 20 April 2024 - 04:19
Overcoming Post-Holiday Syndrome: Returning to Balance After Vacation Dr dr Syifa Mustika SpPD-KGEH. (Photo: Dr dr Syifa Mustika)

TIMES JAZIRAH, JAKARTA – After a delightful holiday period, many of us often experience what is known as "post-holiday syndrome," where feelings of sadness, stress, or anxiety arise upon returning to the daily grind. Have you ever felt this way? If so, fret not, as there are several steps you can take to cope with it.

Post-holiday syndrome, as described by Dr. Syifa Mustika SpPD-KGEH from RSSA Malang, is a term that encapsulates these feelings. There are various triggers for this syndrome, ranging from disappointment that the holiday has ended to the pressure of piled-up tasks after the vacation.

Tips for Overcoming Post-Holiday Syndrome

Here are some tips you can implement to overcome post-holiday syndrome:

1. Give Time to Adapt

Give yourself time to ease back into your daily routine. There's no need to be too hard on yourself. Allow yourself to adjust gradually. Don't push yourself too hard.

2. Plan Fun Activities

Make plans to engage in enjoyable activities in the future. This can provide something to look forward to and divert attention from post-holiday blues.

3. Maintain Balance

Allocate time for rest and recreation. Ensure you strike a balance between work and leisure so that your life remains harmonious. This will help your brain to adapt a little by a litte towards the new tasks. 

4. Stay Physically Active

Keep active by exercising regularly. Physical activity can help improve your mood and energy levels.

5. Practice Relaxation

Take time to engage in relaxation activities such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing. This can help reduce stress levels and enhance your mental well-being.

6. Maintain Healthy Eating and Sleeping Patterns

Make sure you maintain a healthy eating pattern and get enough sleep. Good physical health will help you face challenges more effectively.

7. Seek Support

Don't hesitate to seek support from your closest circle, whether it's friends, family, or mental health professionals. Talking to trusted individuals can help alleviate the burden you're feeling.

Post-holiday syndrome is a normal phenomenon that can be overcome. By taking the right steps, you can mitigate its impact and return to daily life with a more positive and productive outlook. Remember to give yourself time, plan enjoyable activities, and maintain balance in your life.

So, welcome back to activity, get rid off the post-holiday syndrome and embrace your daily routine with renewed enthusiasm and cherish every moment it brings. (*)

Writer : Khodijah Siti
Editor : Khodijah Siti

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