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Surviving the return from holidays? It’s possible!

How to survive the return from the holidays and go back to the usual daily routine without psychological repercussions? It seems impossible, but it’s not!


  • The first tip refers to before the holiday, so if it’s too late now, keep it in mind for the next holidays: leaving the house clean and tidy will prevent you from falling into a state of despair as soon as you come back after your holiday. There’s nothing worse than coming back from your holidays and having to sort out the house.
  • As soon as you arrive home, unpack the bags and throw everything into the washing machine. Having a suitcase in front of your eyes in the following days will only take you back to the carefree days of the holidays, and you there’s no point in unnecessarily encouraging nostalgia!
  • It’s always advisable to insert a “cushion” day between the return and getting back to work, to give you time to understand who you are and where you’ve come from, and to do those little housework tasks before getting back to the daily routine… It’s better, therefore, to come back on Saturday and use Sunday as a “cushion” day.
  1. Don’t even think of doing overtime in the first weeks of returning to work. Try to leave promptly at your proper finishing time… the moment will come to get back to putting the hours in, but for now the priority is to survive! Remember this.
  2. It’s fundamental, basic, essential and key: organise an aperitif or a dinner with your friends. It will be a great chance to meet up, talk about your holidays and cry on the shoulder of a friend.
  3. If you have a family, it will be useful to plan in advance some activities for everybody: besides returning to the office, the children have to go back to school and what about the various sports and extracurricular activities? It’s a good idea to write everything down so as to be ready when the time comes.
  1. This last tip is perhaps the one that works best of all: plan immediately another holiday! If that’s not possible, a weekend will do; the important thing is to know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Knowing that you’ve booked will give you the strength to carry on when things get tough.

Have you got any strategies to share? Let us know in the comments and… happy holidays!