That there is a proper case of post holiday blues….

Me: “Doctor, doctor, I don’t feel well. I am tired, and can’t get motivated, the cold weather is making me even more grumpy than usual, I have a bad cold & sinus infection, I don’t want to see people and all I want to do is curl up in my warm bed, with my hot waterbottle and look at photos from my recent rather amazing holiday and struggling to resist the temptation to book on a flight to go back… Help? What is wrong with me?”

Doctor: “Mrs Mother of Mad Cats & Babies, I know what is wrong with you. You have a bad case of post holidayitis or post holiday blues. It’s quite common. I can’t really prescribe anything except maybe turning the heating up a bit, to keep you warm, and encourage you to get back into your normal routine as soon as possible to distract you. You will feel better in a few weeks, I promise”

Yup, folks, I have  BAD case of post holiday blues. Our time away with my Dad in Bangkok was so much fun, and so amazing, and we are SO not used to going on holiday and coming back to normal life, that frankly, I am struggling this week to get back into routine and not feel miserable that last week, we were in 28 degree plus heat, in Bangkok, have rather a good time. 

I booked this week off work, to be at home to potter, tidy and de-clutter, but have spent far more time moping around feeling sorry for myself than is good for me, and haven’t got much done at all. Actually being back into the full swing of work would have been better and kept me busy and less likely to mope.

I know, it’s ridiculous, silly, privileged and sounds spoiled, to feel this way. The grass is not greener, and I know I need to give myself a good shake and get back normal. I will. I think because we truly are not used to going away, particularly to warm places, that coming back after such a special time, to the cold and reality was a double shock. Friends did warn us we might feel this way. LSH is feeling it too. 

So bear with me, I will be back to normal in a few days. I strongly suspect the raging sinus infection I have, combined with a certain little boy still struggling slightly with jet lag and waking at 4:30am is probably  not helping either. 

I am off to turn the heating up, knock back some vitamin C and D, and try not to spend too much time looking at our holiday photos, or the weather forecast for Bangkok, although I might be looking at booking our summer holiday, to cheer us up slightly…. 

Post Holiday Blues? Any cures? 


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  1. It’s not silly whatsoever! I get the holiday blues badly… it’s hard when you’ve had such a wonderful time. You’re often removed from reality, and everyone is happy and relaxed. Hope you feel better soon #PoCoLoc

  2. I too suffer from this – wherever in the world I have been. Getting away and relaxing is such a wonderful thing that coming back to mundane everyday life (especially in January) is tricky. Be kind to yourself and plan some things to look forward to. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo πŸ™‚ x

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