The holiday blues, also known as post-holiday depression, refers to that slump that many people experience when the summer holiday period comes to an end and they have to go back to work. Although there is no clear theory on the phenomenon, the most common symptoms include apathy, tiredness, sadness, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, etc.

Here are a few tips if you suffer from it yourself:

– Plan the return home ahead of time. Return home two or three days before going back to work in order to readjust timetables and start getting back into old routines little by little.

– Sleep properly.

– Resume your work gradually. We recommend trying to take back your responsibilities little by little, take a few days to readapt before resuming your normal workload at full pace.

– Set yourself new challenges. Reflect on your work, setting up projects and new targets to reach will mean you return to work with greater enthusiasm, motivation and involvement.

– Adopt a positive attitude in general, highlighting simple details that help us realise all the good things that surround us, both in- and outside the working environment.

– Take up sport because regular exercise is not only good for your health but also for combating stress.

– Have fun. Reconciliation of work and your personal life. It is important to organise yourself and set aside some time in the day for yourself and the things you like doing. Hobbies also help combat anxiety and stress.


María Corces Reyes
Recruiment Deparment – ACCIONA Human Resources