How to beat the holiday blues

 1 in 3 people suffer severe holiday blues1 – here’s how we can beat it!

  • 31% of survey respondents1 indicated feeling “low” or “very low” after returning from their summer holiday
  • 18% of survey1 respondents indicated that they experience “very little” or no long term positive impact from taking a holiday

The summer holidays are an excellent opportunity for people to take a break from their busy lives and spend quality time with friends and family. According to a 2017 report by ABTA[2] a UK travel trade association for tour operators and travel agents, over 45% of people surveyed1 enjoyed a holiday both in the UK and abroad.

Aside from the positive impact a summer break can bring, a recent survey by Satsuma1 highlighted that many of us are also impacted by “holiday blues”. Of the 1000 UK residents surveyed, 31%1 of them admitted to feeling “low” or “very low” after having returned from their summer holiday this year. 
With their summer holidays recently over 29% of respondents1 stated that they no longer feel they have something to look forward to.
52% responded1 they only felt the positive impact from taking a break for one week or less, after they got back from their holiday.
74% of respondents1 stated that during their summer holiday they felt happy, 51% stated they felt calm and 72%1 stated they felt relaxed. 

How can we extend those positive emotions once we return?

According to Harvard lecturer Shawn Anchor[3], a well-planned vacation can create the most stress-free positive impact. Likewise, beginning to plan your next vacation now, however small or distant or uncertain, can extend that holiday glow as you continue to visualize those positive holiday feelings.

If you have recently returned from your summer holiday and find yourself experiencing the post-holiday blues, try instead daydreaming about what your next holiday could look like. Where would you like to go? (Our own UK coastlines contain some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery and beaches.) 

Indeed, research shows[4], planning a holiday can be more enjoyable than actually going on one! Satsuma’s survey1 backed this up as 29% of people surveyed1 had already booked their next break and felt they had something positive to look forward to. 

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