Some studies say that three out of every ten workers will suffer from post-holiday syndrome, "and if we add to this the children, adolescents and people active in different fields, we will be talking about a higher percentage", said specialists at the Valencia and Torrevieja Quirónsalud Hospitals.
This syndrome can create physical changes, such as fatigue, lack of appetite, drowsiness, muscular pains and tiredness; as well as physical, such as apathy, irritability, nervousness, anxiety, despair and sadness. It is a general malaise accompanied by symptoms that make it difficult to return to daily activity. If this uneasiness does not disappear in about 10 to 15 days, a doctor should be consulted, as we could be confronting a different process that will require specialised care", said Marina Sangonzalo, specialist at the Clinical Psychology Unit of the Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia.
The identification of these symptoms as post-holiday syndrome is relatively recent and is related to the final stage of the summer and Christmas holidays or with those periods of rest that last several weeks. "We all need an adaptation process to the new circumstances and sometimes, when returning to the routine, coping difficulties appear that require mobilisation of our own resources or to learn new ones that help us to focus on the situation in a more adaptive way". The coping style of each person will have an impact on the way that they return to the daily routine, explains Nuria Javaloyes, specialist in psychology at the Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja.
Around 20% of those affected essentially recover in one or two days, and 35% may feel uneasy for up to 2 weeks. "In the worst of cases, if the symptoms persist beyond this time or more serious ones appear, it is recommended to consult a clinical psychology specialist, to rule out the start of a more serious pathology", advises Nuria Javaloyes.
How to avoid the post-holiday syndrome
Depending on the circumstances of each person, the specialists advise following these 10 ideas below: