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.
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.
The best allies? Correct nutrition and physical activity
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.