I Don’t Want to Say Goodbye to Summer ... Don't Go, No! No! No!
There IS a Cure for the Summertime Blues
"A Summer Song"
They say that all good things must end some day
Autumn leaves must fall
But don't you know that it hurts me so
To say goodbye to you
Wish you didn't have to go
No no no no...
And when the rain
Beats against my window pane
I'll think of summer days again...
- Sung by Chad and Jeremy, Lyrics by Metcalfe, Noble & Stuart
We grew up looking forward to summer and summer vacation, those “lazy hazy crazy days”... No school, no work, only the promise of sunshine, sunburns and swimming pools, popsicles and play time, BBQ’s and family trips. Didn’t we all wish that "summer could always be here”?
However, as August rolled around we knew that summer was almost over...Yep, all good things must end and even now, although many of us often vacation during other times of the year, we can still feel that same sense of longing for those carefree days to last a little longer. We don’t want to say goodbye...
All too often we return from that long awaited vacation and, after all of the planning and anticipation, now we only have memories (and maybe a huge credit card bill!) It’s no surprise and not unusual that we often feel deflated and blue. Our “real” life can seem a little vanilla and bland, and segueing back into our day-to-day routine can be downright depressing and difficult.
Sound familiar? Yeah, me, too. I often return from a great trip and then wonder why I’m so down? Not all of it can be attributed to jet lag (or having to do umpteen loads of laundry and pay the bills), can it? A certain nostalgia and wistfulness, almost denial of coming back to the “real world” can set in. Of course, if the trip wasn’t exactly all you planned or hoped for, that too can evoke a similar set of emotions, not to mention a sense of disappointment, and even frustration.
Well, the post-vacation blues are common and actually, pretty normal. There is even a “clinical” term for this condition: post-vacation stress disorder or post-travel depression (PTD). So, after a vacation, if you’ve ever experienced:
- Feeling tired or restless, difficult focusing or settling back into your routine
- Increased or decreased appetite (for me, it’s always the former)
- Feeling depressed, blue, sad, even teary
Well then, you are experiencing post-vacation blues. So, what to do? Of course, if there’s a “condition”, there must be a “cure”. WikiHow has outlined 8 great ways to help you in your re-entry and recovery.
For me, I think it’s important to acknowledge that you will experience PTD to some degree after your trip. You may already do many of the suggestions they outline and you certainly don’t have to do them all. Pick and choose what works for you and give yourself the time and space to “recover”... hopefully in time for your next vacation!
Send Me a Postcard! How do you cope with post-vacation blues?
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