7 tips to help you deal with post-holiday blues
You’ve had the most amazing holiday away with your family. You’ve spent quality time with each other, you’ve lazed around on the beach catching up on reading, you’ve checked things off your family travel bucket list, and you’ve, without guilt, eaten your favourite ice cream every day.
One minute you’re deep in the joys of holiday bliss and then the next you’re not.
Now the key is turning in your front door, and an icy blast of welcome-back-to-the-real-world air smacks you in the face. You come crashing down faster than your suitcases on the floor (that you now have to unpack!). Post-holiday blues is a real condition, and I’m going through it at the moment after a return home from a family holiday.
There is not enough written about what happens when you return home and are struck down by the post-holiday blues. I’m suffering from it a little now after a return home from a family holiday. My thoughts continually jump to laughing at frogs in the toilet with my daughter, to having a race with a horse, to stunning Outback sunsets.
I miss the cuddles, the laughter, the time spent together making memories. If we don’t take a check of these emotions and get a handle on them, they can slide us into depression and darkness.
7 tips to help you deal with post-holiday blues:
1. Own your feelings
Talk to your family members, probably the grown up ones, and confess how miserable you feel. It’s normal and okay to feel like this. Letting people know reduces the burden of carrying it around and gives you that support you need. We also talk to our children about how they may be feeling and how much we miss travelling with them.
2. Keep the memories alive with your children
Watch the videos together look at the photos, reminisce on your memories. Ask the children what they loved the most, what they’d love to do next. What did they learn?
3. Allow your children to share their stories
We encourage our daughters to share their stories with their grandparents and extended family and at pre-school with teachers and friends. Sharing their stories helps them to understand how precious memories are and that love and enjoyment they felt can carry over with them once the holiday is over.
4. Take some lessons from your holiday
What can you take from the holiday and apply to your life upon return? Maybe you learned a new cultural tradition that you’d love to apply to your life. Maybe you discovered your child loves to create and perform shows, and so you can enrol them in drama classes. Maybe you realized that walks along the beach soothe your soul, so you decide to walk every second day at home.
5. Keep the emotions of love, freedom in your normal day
Why not carry those emotions over to your normal life? Why can’t our lives be a bit freer and filled with more love and laughter? It’s all a choice.
Make a decision, worry less and love more.
Remember all that dancing you did, all those cuddles you enjoyed, all those things you laughed at, make it a priority to do that every single day. Make room for it in your life.
6. Take more holidays as a family
As soon as you return, start planning for your next family holiday. Find ways to save money and start a travel savings account. Even if you take short weekend getaways, these are opportunities to keep that family love and free-spiritedness alive.
7. Explore your backyard
We forget that our backyards have endless adventures waiting for us to join. Put on your traveller’s eyes in your hometown and make an effort to discover something new in your area at least once a month. You’ll feel like you’re travelling again, at a much lower price!