Besides the number one way of dealing with the post-vacation blues - start planning another trip as soon as possible - there is help out there for us summer vacationers and long weekend trip takers.
But first, let's explore the ugly truth behind Post-Vacation Blues (PVBs), post-holiday blues or more seriously, Post-Travel Depression (PTD). This is a real sickness, mood or state of mind that persons returning home from a short trip, long vacation or holiday may experience.
Trip Advisor recently polled 1,400 Americans and 64 percent said the blues descend even before the vacation is over.
The funk creeps in several days into your trip, usually the fifth day of a week-long excursion, poll takers reported.
This funky state of being really can ruin a blissful, carefree vacation...if you let it.
Some people try to beat the blues by taking calls from work or sneaking away from that good book on the beach to check e-mails via their cell, THIS IS CHEATING! I mean what's the point of taking a "fake-cation" if you're going to work?
My boss insists that none of us are to take work calls while on vacation, and we are NOT to make calls to the vacationing employee.
I like this policy!
Thirty-four percent of poll-takers said the PVBs stem from the very idea of returning to work. Eighty-four percent said their stress levels returned to pre-vacation highs soon after returning.
Twelve percent of people admitted calling in sick within the first month of returning from a vacation, eight percent considered finding a new job and four percent were regularly late for work.
This week, as I plan my beach get away for this upcoming weekend (seriously), I know that facing me upon my return will be writing another editorial about beating PTD. I also know that I will be as blue as the ocean where I just vacationed. Bummer!
Next week, if I return from the beach, we will explore best methods for beating PTD.