Most of the time I prefer talking about serious topics.
Not that there isn’t anything serious with Being depressed after a vacation or anything, but that’s not what I am about.
Well, I am, but my “serious issues” mostly include severe cases of depression, anxiety, and everything in between.
More so because post-vacation depression isn’t really much of a disorder by itself, though it can lead to more severe problems over time.
It’s even worse if you are depressed, go through something that makes your depression better, only for it to suddenly stop.
Say you are stuck working in this terrible job that you hate, you literally get depressed over simply being there.
Your very work space scarred you mentally and it serves as the groundwork for panic attacks from that point on.
Then you get a vacation, they let you go off to chill at the Philippines for two weeks.
Away from your oppressive environment, you bloom once more, only to be forced to come right back to it with no more vacation time in sight.
Believe it or not, but this is actually a very serious problem.
Depression may very well become even more severe after something like that should it not be treated.
Being teased with some level of joy and fulfillment only for it to be snatched right before your very eyes.
Before my explanation, this topic may have sounded a bit odd to you, but I hope that by now you get what I am talking about.
The same thing happened to me once, my boss told me to take a week off because I wasn’t being productive, he was being kind and did not want to fire me.
I decided to take faith in my own hands, enough was enough.
I was given this one chance and I was going to use it to recover.
So I did, I went right ahead and rested properly.
It wasn’t enough to make me feel truly alive or anything, but the simple fact that I was free helped me a lot.
Then I come back from my rest and get bombarded with more pressure than ever before, not only did I suffer because of it, I also never returned to be as I was before.
In fact, my condition only continued to get worse and worse.
That was the final push that leads me to leave the military.
I had a taste of freedom, I started to get better, only for my improvement to be denied.
What am I on about?
Some people may give you advice about getting back to work, or building your rhythm again, but these are terrible recommendations.
The fact is that you were doing absolutely terrible back in your job even before you took a vacation.
People don’t get flat-out depressed over a vacation if the don’t absolutely despise their job, yeah?
No, the real issue runs far deeper than that. In truth, you need to be doing a pretty bad job as-is for this to apply to you.
True, most people would get at least a little bit moody after having a good time only to be forced to go back to work, yet depression is a lot more than that.
In truth, most advice about actual depression after a vacation is beyond impractical, I decided to grace you with a bit of my own wisdom.
Humble, I know.
1) Find your “vacation variables” and act
Welp, there we go.
What makes your vacation a “vacation” to begin with? What defines true vacationing in the first place?
Getting away from your current environment? Having more free time? Being in the company of your loved ones? Sleeping a lot?
Whatever your reasoning may be, it builds up into a certain motivator for you want to be on a vacation, yeah? Everything in life has a reason, even if we can’t really figure it out.
With that in mind, why won’t you try and take whatever makes your vacations enjoyable and apply it to your day to day life?
Don’t follow? Well, here are a few quick examples just to make sure that we are on the same page.
If it’s freedom that you desire, try to find yourself in a less oppressive environment.
You could find another job or maybe move to a different department.
Not enough time with your family? Make time and spend it together, this one can be surprisingly manageable.
Free time? Again, find a way to have more time.
Clock-in fewer office hours, and if you can’t search for an alternative.
Even if you earn less, you can balance it out by spending less money to begin with.
Not enough rest? Go to bed as early as you can.
This is actually highly beneficial for your health either way
I won’t pretend to understand your situation, but I do know that in most cases you can at least to something to make a change, it’s just a question of how desperate you are to take that one step forward.
By making your life more similar to your vacation you can make it happier over time.
Live a life you don’t need to take a vacation from, that is the best any of us can do.
And quite frankly, it’s enough.
2) Don’t blow your vacation out of proportions
Another big mistake most people make is to blow their vacation completely out of proportions.
But you probably figured that out based on the title that I used, yeah?
Here the deal, people tend to focus on the extreme rather than the mundane.
Who cares about what’s likely going to happen as long as there is some juicy extreme scenario to discuss.
One good thing that might happen back in the office will be the main topic of discussion for quite a while.
Gossip works that way, and as you can see – not without a reason.
But what does that have to do with anything?
Well, your vacation was a huge jump in your overall condition, right?
So it stands to reason that most of your thoughts would be around how great it was, right?
But that’s the biggest mistake you could make!
If you keep focusing on your “highs” over your mundane, everyday life you are only going to make your condition worse!
Why? Because these very thoughts are your ways to escape from your current reality.
You don’t want to be where you are at right now, so instead of facing your issues and making a change you choose to dwell on the past.
Here’s the thing, though, memories never make anything better.
They are only distractions and nothing more.
I know that it’s hard to stop thinking about how great was your vacation time, but you need to snap out of it before you become obsessed.
Your condition will only go downhill from that point on.
3) Channel your rest into productivity
This one is by far the hardest, more so with someone with a depressed mindset.
You went on a vacation and got some much-needed rest, only to be forced to return and break off these fun times for the sake of your otherwise boring life.
Sucks, I know.
Yet you should note that you were feeling better up until your vacation ended and that your condition dropped only from that point on.
Believe me, I am not talking in circles here.
The point is that you should take your vacation as an opportunity to do what it was meant to – to rest, get better, and get back to life.
If you didn’t need rest you wouldn’t take a vacation, yet once you do you only come back depressed. Do you see the faults in this logic?
Your boss gave you some time to take a rest not because he is a good person, but because proper rest is a necessity for his company to prosper.
A happy worker is a better worker, you kind of break that idea with your depression.
Henry Ford was a jew-hating jerk who wasn’t a good person by any means, he also introduced the 40-hour workweek to the world.
So instead of breaking down, find some resolve and try to build your momentum. Let your vacation help you build it instead of stopping it completely.
How? Well, productivity in work (and life) is a difficult thing to explain, even I don’t have all the answers.
Yet the idea itself is valuable, and if you want to get better you will find the answers you are looking for, and that’s a promise.
So yeah, to wrap it up
The “depression after vacation” issue isn’t one of the most complicated ones if I am to be frank with you.
In fact, it’s quite simple to explain, yet much harder to overcome.
Ultimately though, the power to make a change in your life is yours and yours alone.
Any attempt to shift the blame to someone else will only make your condition worse.
So here’s a quick question for you – How did you deal with the post-vacation experience?
Pretty simple, right?
Make sure to write down your answers in the comment section below, I go through every single one of them.
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