How to deal with post-holiday syndrome?

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The end of the holidays is, for many, the beginning of a nightmare. That's why here we tell you what to do and how to adapt again to the work routine

How to deal with post-holiday syndrome?

Leaving the beach on the way to the office, is not only a radical change but also harmful for your performance at work. This change may be accompanied by physical and psychological symptoms that are uncomfortable for normal performance.

Leer en español: ¿Cómo hacer frente al síndrome postvacacional?

More common among people under 45 and also in children, these symptoms are known as post-holiday syndrome, and are common among those who do not have a great time in their jobs or at school because of their peers or even bosses.

According to the website Muy saludable, the most frequent symptoms among those who suffer from it are fatigue, insomnia, body aches, lack of appetite and concentration, irritability, sadness, and acute nerves.

The reaction is more common than you think. A recent study carried out by Adecco, in Spain, indicated that 37% of workers in the Iberian country suffer from it and the number increases with the passage of time.

Therefore, and to be able to face it, in statements to the newspaper Información, Lydia Polo García, a psychologist, said that this syndrome is a set of temporary symptoms that diminish as soon as we get used to the routine again. "While this is temporary, there is nothing to worry about. It is normal for the body to rebel against what does not make us feel as good as we were a few days ago, " says the specialist.

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How to face it?

Do not return from the holidays to the office the same day

Before leaving the beach or the thickness of the jungle, it is important to have a couple of days off before going to the office, in such a way that it is easier to adapt again to the rhythm of the city, office hours and hours. of sleep, in case you have jetlag.

Return in the middle of the week

If it is in your hands, try to start your workday on a Thursday or Wednesday, so that the weekend is closer to mentalize about the week that follows and that, surely, will be harder. Do not forget that Monday is the worst day of the week, but you'll get over it.

The more vacations, the harder it is to adapt

Do not let your vacation periods accumulate, because if you suffer from the syndrome, returning will be even more frustrating. Leave 15 days maximum and come back, do not extend it for a month.

Do not abandon leisure

Returning to work does not always mean to stop having fun. It is important to continue using weekends as small escapes that are opportune to be reunited with friends, take a walk or go to the cinema, after all, free time is the best way to stay 'stressless' and enjoy life.


Back to the work environment, you should not always assume to face complex situations. It is in their hands to be able to solve adversities with good spirit and respect. For that reason, according to Polo García, we must think that "not everything is bad when we return from vacation, and we will always have a holiday to enjoy free days before the holidays we are looking forward to next year".


LatinAmerican Post | Maria Alejandra Gómez

Translated from "¿Cómo hacer frente al síndrome postvacacional?"

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