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Post vacation blues: how to start over without too much stress

We should feel happy, but we're not. Coming back from the holidays, going from the beach to the desk - whether it's in the office, in the living room or in a classroom is never easy. On the contrary. At the mere thought of returning to the usual routine, you feel a sort of malaise, bewilderment, melancholy. A feeling that could even frustrate the beneficial effects of those days spent in total freedom and have serious repercussions on both working and social life. According to the latest surveys conducted by ISTAT, one person in two suffers this condition, known as Post Vacation Blues. The English term blues identifies sadness, depression.

Post-holiday stress is an increasingly widespread syndrome that manifests itself in a sense of dizziness, decreased attention, headaches, apathy, mood swings. It also often causes digestive difficulties and lack of sleep. Some of these symptoms are related to each other: if you don't get enough sleep during the night, it is easy to have a circle on your head the following day. In short, a sort of domino effect that leaves a heavy burden on everyday life, explains Dr. Elvira Simona Solimando, psychotherapist at the Santagostino Medical Centre in Milan.

Why does all this happen? During the transition from holidays to everyday life, it's as if you make too fast a change from analogue to digital time. You go from a fluid moment, which does not include schedules, deadlines and consists of just pure relaxation, to a digital time where punctuality, precision and respect for deadlines are required. The human mind, by its nature, prefers a fluid, softer time. This transition from analogue to digital becomes a source of stress for the organism, which finds itself experiencing an anomalous situation, continues the doctor. But that's not all. When we return home, we often have to deal with the backlog of work: bureaucratic issues, domestic chores or even trivially the Latin version that we left pending because "I think about it in September, with a clear mind...". To the difference between quality of time (holiday vs. city) we add the quantity of work. And the stress increases.

This inability to manage the routine after the holidays democratically affects men and women, without any gender preference. "It is not a question of sex, but of character. Those who are more anxious by nature, those who tend to plan and keep everything under control are more directly exposed. For these people, any change is destabilising because they are incapable of dealing with the unexpected," explains the psychotherapist.

What can we do to stem the post-holiday blues or, if possible, to prevent it?
If possible, it would be a good idea to return a few days earlier so that body and mind can get back in touch. Catapulting yourself into work or study after a long stop is never a good idea. Dealing with the routine gradually is essential. You have to avoid "everything and immediately" and approach the tasks calmly and progressively, perhaps taking some time to recharge your batteries, concludes Dr Solimando. If you could dilute the holidays throughout the year, as it happens in other countries instead of concentrating all of them in August, you could rest without losing your work rhythms.

The best allies? Correct nutrition and physical activity

It should be pointed out that sport is a good way to get used to working rhythms. Physical activity, if practised constantly, allows the mind to disconnect. That's why, once in the city, it would be useful to resume (or for newbies finally start) fitness activity. Whether it's an outdoor run, as long as the weather allows, a game of five-a-side football with friends, a walk at a fast pace or a workout in the gym, it doesn't matter: just get active
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If your passions are music and running, Myrun is a great ally to relieve the tension of the days to come back. With Myrun you can create personalised workouts based on your training level, target and time with exercises, training sessions and routines tailored to the needs of each athlete. The dedicated app also offers specific programmes to improve running technique, interval training to work on speed and endurance, CPR (constant pulse rate) programmes at programmed heart rate. Myrun is the treadmill designed for home training and dedicated to those who love technology and music. Thanks to the running music function, you can select tracks directly from the playlist available on the device, choosing among those that best suit your running rhythm.
Another fundamental step to contain the negative effects of post-holiday blues is to change your diet. Obviously for the better. If on holiday we have allowed ourselves a few more aperitifs or we have abounded with the delicacies of the place that hosted us without thinking too much about triglycerides, it is time to return to a “tidier” lifestyle. In what way? For example, by introducing more fruit and vegetables and drinking more water to allow our bodies to purify themselves.

Finally, let's make time for a pleasant date. A weekend at the spa, a trip out of town, a reunion with old friends, anything that makes us feel good. Having a rewarding goal to mark on the calendar can be useful to lighten the mood and get out of the limbo of post-return melancholy.

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