BEAT THE POST-VACATION BLUES
BEAT THE POST-VACATION BLUES

For many of you, August is the month that you return from your summer break and send the kids back to school. Nonetheless, I’m sure others are making full use of the upcoming National Day holiday to plan a short getaway. Whichever group you fall into, at one point or another, we all get hit by the post-vacation blues. In fact, I often find myself towards the end of a trip dreading the thought of returning home.

Admittedly, even if we have great jobs and families waiting for us to get home to, after a care-free break, it’s hard to go back to your daily life without feeling a little down. Realistically few of us have the luxury of being on an endless holiday, so here are a few tips to ease the re-entry and bounce back fast into your regular life.

An extra day off

For those of us with full-time jobs, with limited annual leave, this may seem like a waste but an extra day at home does wonders to help you recover and adapt to your daily routine. It’ll give you ample time to unpack, unwind, clear the laundry and restock groceries without the stress of having to reply hundreds of work emails. You’d probably end up being more productive on both fronts whilst retaining your sanity.

Beat jet lag

If you’d been in a different time zone and are experiencing signs of fatigue, confusion and lack of awareness, you’re probably suffering from jet lag. There’s really only one way to treat this: accustom quickly to your new time zone. Instead of caving in to a nap at 3pm, fight the urge and go to bed at a normal hour for your current location. Stay hydrated and if necessary, supplement with melatonin to help regulate your sleep-wake cycle.

Detox from vacation food

One of the perks of traveling is savoring new foods and treats, which we may not indulge in our normal lives. We also end up eating more by justifying that we don’t know if we’ll have the chance to eat that particular food again. After a few days or weeks, we may start to feel weighed down by all the rich foods we’ve enjoyed.

A friend once said that she’s glad our holiday is coming to an end because at the rate she is eating, she won’t be able to fit into her clothes. One way to help your body readjust and settle back in is to get a healthier eating routine. Choose fresh, light fruits and vegetables that will give your digestive system a break to rest and recuperate.

Supplements to boost energy, immunity and destress

While holidays are usually meant to be relaxing, they can certainly take a toll on our physical and mental wellbeing. You may have just dived into the deep blue ocean or scaled mountains, gone on a skiing trip or just attended an intensive yoga retreat. Those who travel with young children know how rigorous an exercise it is or even just staying up late for an extended period of time can all leave you exhausted.

If you had not brought your supplements along on vacation, it’s high-time you get back into the habit, especially if you have to fend off vacation-blues while struggling to reacclimatize to everyday life. A B-complex supplement would be vital at this point to boost energy levels and help manage stress, while antioxidants are a must to supercharge your immunity.

Connect with loved ones

Another way to help you transition back into regular life is to engage with family and friends back home. Make plans to see them face to face. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on your trip and share the details of what you’ve learnt and what you most want to take away from the experience.

Plan your next adventure!

And finally, there’s no better way to cure a travel hangover than to start planning the next one. Pick a new destination, start researching and get excited about the amazing adventures ahead. Even if you’re not able to take another vacation any time soon, you can look at options closer to home – be it a meditation retreat or an art jam.

The key is having something to look forward to because with anticipation, no matter what your circumstances, you bring happiness into your life this very moment. So go ahead, start planning now!

 

tiffany-wee_profile-picture_nov-2016-2Tiffany Wee

Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist, Mindful Eating, Reiki

Born in Singapore and trained in Australia, Tiffany has consulted in world-renowned health establishments like Chiva Som, ESPA and Balanced Living. She is recognised by her clients for her warmth, efficiency and expertise in helping them achieve their individual health potential. Tiffany is also the first in Asia to offer UCSD’s Mindful Eating course.

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