How to deal with the post-vacation blues How to deal with the post-vacation blues

The post-vacation blues cause a series of symptoms that are similar to those caused by stress.

The first thing to clarify is that the post-vacation blues is not a disease. As the clinical psychologist Ignacio Fernández Arias explains on the website of the Complutense University of Madrid, “Despite not being included in diagnostic manuals, the scientific community agrees in describing this syndrome as a set of emotional and behavioral symptoms that arise after returning to work.”

Its main symptoms include a lack of appetite, muscle pain, tachycardia, stomach discomfort, irritability and nervousness.

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As the Spanish Society for the Study of Anxiety and Stress explains, this is an adjustment disorder that requires medical intervention if it continues for one to three months after the person returns to their work activities. This organization also provides a series of recommendations to help relieve symptoms and prevent future relapses:

  • Start your workday step-by-step and start with the tasks that you find most pleasant.
  • Explore the root of the problem to try to address it.
  • Avoid taking work home so as not to influence your personal space.

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