How often have you returned to work after a much-needed vacation, only to realise that you can barely focus on what you're doing, you have zero interest in getting things done and you might even be feeling anxious? Well, this is known as post-vacation blues. Zankhana Joshi, a psychologist and practitioner of dance movement therapy says that people often go through this phase when they return to work from a break of sorts.
When you're on your break, you have an adrenaline spike and this is brought down when you return to work so naturally, the crash in adrenaline makes you feel all gloomy and sad. Joshi further added that if you lead a rather monotonous life in general which is way different than the fun part you just had then you're even more likely to feel these blues.
"Up close, the characteristics of post-vacation blues look similar to a mood or anxiety disorder,” Joshi says. “But unlike clinical cases of depression, this is short-lived. It eases out.” But since there hasn't been any research done on this, it is still unknown how long these effects last.
Joshi suggests that you should stick to some sort of routine during your holiday to help keep you in touch with your reality and not get carried away by your vacation. “Your sleep cycle, eating cycle and your diet is usually disturbed and that adds to the mood crash,” says Joshi. “Continue with your exercise routine, sleep cycle or eating cycle as much as possible.”