Overcoming Post-Vacation Blues
Overcoming Post-Vacation Blues
  • Reporter Lee Jin-ho
  • 승인 2023.09.27 06:57
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▲Post-vacation fatigue / iStock
▲Post-vacation fatigue / iStock

  In our fast-paced society, expressions like “I want to go home" and "I do not want to go to work" may seem innocent, but they often reveal a deeper issue: holiday hangover or post-holiday depression. Post-holiday fatigue, stress, and decreased productivity can make it difficult to get back into our routines, leading to feelings of anxiety and rejection. Even after the upcoming Korean holiday of Chuseok, we may suffer from a holiday hangover. We need to make various efforts to overcome this illness in a desirable way and get back to our daily routine.
  Holiday aftereffects, commonly referred to as vacation hangovers, are the emotional and physical aftermath of returning to your daily routine after a vacation. Vacations are supposed to be a time of relaxation and rejuvenation, but getting back into the routines can be difficult for many people. The joy of vacation is often replaced by anxiety and reluctance to resume work and responsibilities.
  Modern lifestyles, characterized by rapid technological advancements, have revolutionized how we work, communicate, and spend leisure time. While these advancements have brought efficiency and convenience, they have also blurred the lines between work and personal life. Society's emphasis on productivity and achievement also plays a role in the post-vacation blues: the pressure to perform at work and for personal achievement can prevent you from getting enough rest during your vacation. Fear of being perceived as lazy or unambitious can cause you to stay active while on vacation.
  The post-vacation blues can manifest through a variety of physical and emotional symptoms, including fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and feelings of disconnection. When you struggle with these feelings, they could make it difficult to fully participate in social interactions and activities, which can possibly affect your relationships.
  Individuals should learn to set personal boundaries to maintain a sense of balance in their daily lives. Allocating specific times for work, leisure, and family time can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Embracing mindfulness practices like meditation and yoga can also help you manage stress and promote a healthy lifestyle. Professor Yoon Dae-hyun, a psychiatrist, said that holiday aftereffects are a disease that many people are likely to feel, but it is also helpful to receive counseling for mental treatment or give yourself a period of travel to consider for a certain period of time.
  Post-vacation depression is not just a temporary feeling but a reflection of deeper societal issues that arise from our interconnected and fast-paced world. Recognizing the importance of work-life balance and prioritizing self-care can help combat this emerging social illness. Let us make a conscious effort to disconnect from work during our vacations and adopt a healthier approach to our daily lives so we can lead happier, more balanced lives. Let us say goodbye to complaining about vacation hangovers and welcome a future where vacations are truly a time to heal and recharge.