Got the post-vacation blues?
Whether you’ve just come back from a sunny beach trip or are preparing for a new school year, we’re all familiar with the post-vacation blues, and that feeling is completely natural.
That feeling is most likely caused by anxiety as you adjust back to the every-day stresses of your usual routine like work and family responsibilities.
After a few days away, your daily routine may seem suddenly insurmountable.
Try these tips to help reduce anxiety as you return from vacation.
· Exercise regularly. Exercise is a major mood booster.
· Try a new hobby, recipe or project. Creative expression can help boost your mood and trying a new hobby mimics the novelty of vacation.
· Get some sleep. Getting enough sleep can have a significant impact on your mood and behavior, and will help with jet lag.
· Prepare for the week. Preparing meals or doing laundry on the weekend can help alleviate those additional stresses during the week.
· Eat healthy. A healthy diet can boost your energy.
· Start planning your next trip. Setting your next vacation goal gives you something to look forward to and boosts your mood.
If you continue to feel depressed or notice any of these symptoms of depression, it is important to get help with your doctor or a mental health professional.
· Loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy
· Feeling hopeless or worthless
· Extreme changes in sleeping patterns or appetite
· Thoughts of suicide
If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, call 800-204-8600 for a free mental health consultation, or request a consult online.
Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.