An illness, a symptom of systemic problems, or just everyday stress? September is always an uphill struggle. Getting back to the routine after the end of summer weeks and vacations is never easy. But can it be considered depression?

At we want to approach today the process of post vacation depression, to discover with you what is real and how much is a myth. In addition, we will give you some essential tips for a smooth return to work. Will you join us?

What Is Post Vacation Depression? Symptoms and More

The scientific community does not agree on whether this problem really exists. It is thought to be more of a simple process of adaptation. In fact, many experts radically reject the term depression. It is not a pathology like clinical depression.

What is certain is that returning to the routine at the end of summer paradise is very difficult for many. Some people find it hard to concentrate and feel apathy or lack motivation. These symptoms usually disappear within the first few days or, at most, by the third week. 

If the difficulties persist for longer, they may lead to anxiety or depression. In these cases, of course, it is very important to see a specialist as soon as possible. It is estimated that one in four workers suffer from so-called post vacation depression.

Why It’s Hard for You to Adapt to Your Routine at The End Of Summer

Post vacation depression has a lot to do with culture. In our society, we tend to perceive work as a sacrifice: a negative activity, anchored in routine and obligatory. It does not give us pleasure.

The process of readjustment at the end of summer is perfectly normal and can bring with it mood changes and the symptoms we have described. Going back to doing something that does not give us pleasure after enjoying it daily is a shock for us. It is not easy.

In addition, you are more likely to suffer from this post vacation depression if you cope poorly with the changes, have a very negative personality or suffer from previous psychological problems. In that case, we recommend that, if you can, you face the process guided by a professional. And, in any case, apply the tips we give you below, they are sure to work!

5 Tips to Make Your End of Summer Simple

Nobody likes to go back to routine. So, whether you suffer from post vacation depression or not, we give you the 5 keys so that your return is easy and you don’t have any difficulties:

  • Don’t rush your holidays to the limit. Allow a few days before returning to the work routine so you can acclimatize. It is very seductive to take advantage of your vacation until the end of summer, but it is better to give yourself a few days to get used to it. To avoid post vacation depression, take advantage of this time to advance tasks and disconnect from holiday mode.
  • Get back into the routine a few days before. When on vacation, routines disappear. So take advantage of the margin days before returning to work so that the process does not overtake you. Return to a normal sleep schedule gradually and it will be easier to get up early afterwards
  • Start slowly. Focus on the easiest and least frustrating tasks first. This way you can maintain control over the process and you won’t feel blocked by the workload. Remember that in order not to develop post vacation depression, your end of summer should be as gradual as possible, within your possibilities.
  • Take advantage of the small moments. Although the return to the routine is hard, there are times that you can enjoy it. Evenings and breaks are ideal times to have space for you. Reconnect with your colleagues, go out for a drink, rediscover your city…
  • Organize yourself properly. To avoid overwork saturation, which can aggravate post-holiday depression, organize your routine. Write down pending tasks and try not to overstay your schedule for the first few days. Prioritize each issue as soon as you arrive and you’ll get it out of your mind as soon as possible.

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  • There are many ways to make it easier for you to get back to your routine. One of them is telecommuting.
  • Another measure that could help you make the process easier is the four-day week.
  • If you feel that everything is too much for you and you have to stop, don’t hesitate to consult our post on how to quit a job.