Dealing with Post-Holiday Blues

You know that feeling of sadness and loss you feel when you get back from  a holiday where you had the most amazing time? Yeah, I get those post holiday blues too.

I recently got back from Turkey, I only did a week sailing trip there through Medsailors but I had the most amazing, fun week. I need to travel around Turkey properly though, there are so many things I want to see. But as soon as I got back from sunny, hot Turkey to rainy, cold London I felt sad and horrible.

Post holiday blues are horrible, you feel really sad that you’re not travelling any more and all you want to do is get back on a plane and go anywhere but here. Especially if you’ve just come from a sunny, hot country to a cold, raining one.

Not to fear, there are ways you can deal with this sooner rather than later.

They ways I dealt with the blues were:

PH 20x20 Unpack and clean up

I feel like cleaning is therapeutic, so the first thing I did when I got home was unpack my bag, put everything away, put a load of washing on and tidied up my room. It was nice having a clean space even though I was sorely missing the cramped room on the yacht I had just spent a week in. I now didn’t have to worry about doing all of this stuff later, when I would probably feel worse later.

PH 20x20 Eat and watch TV

I made poached eggs on toast and watched some TV, getting some food into my stomach instantly made me feel a little better. Often times I find the reason I’m so moody is because I’m hungry and just need something to eat.

Chilling out and watching TV was also good, it took my mind off of the sunny skies, the blue water and hot beach. However, I do have to admit it was hard to concentrate sometimes.

PH 20x20 Go outside and do something

I gave up watching TV after a while because sitting still made me fidgety and it got to a point that the TV wasn’t working as a distraction any more. So I got dressed, went outside and walked to the shops down the road. I wandered in and out of shops window shopping, grabbed a coffee, sat in the park, patted a few dogs and tried to make the most of being outside. Even though it wasn’t sunny it was nice to get out of the house and stop moping around about missing the holiday.

PH 20x20 See some friends

If any of your friends are free, go meet up with them and have  a chat. They will want to hear all about your holiday but it will be fun getting to tell them your stories, and missing your holiday with someone else is always better than missing it by yourself.

PH 20x20 Sleep

Seriously, I was so tired when I got back. My flight from Dalaman, Turkey was at 2:45am and I had only managed to get around a half hour sleep in the airport. The plane was so uncomfortable, so falling a sleep was hard, I’m pretty sure I only managed to get bits and pieces of sleep on the four-hour flight home. I doubt I will ever book myself on such a bad timed flight again!

So sleeping my bad mood off worked, I went to bed early that night and when I woke up naturally in the morning I felt a whole lot better for it. Things were starting to feel normal again, I didn’t feel like I was mourning the loss of the warmth, the sun and the sand any more, I felt refreshed.

PH 20x20 Write your travels down:

Write about your travels or your holiday in a diary, it will be nice to read over later in life and recounting your trip so early after you’ve finished it will be easy. That way you get it all out of your system now and as the days go on you will get back into routine and stop feeling so sad and lost.

PH 20x20 Plan your next trip!

If you don’t have a next trip planned, then plan the next one! The world is your oyster. Research places you want to go, figure out a good time to go, plan with your annual leave, ask around if anyone is interested in going, make an itinerary, make a must-do list for the place you want to go, plan a budget. Book your next flights.

Planning a new trip is definitely a great way to get rid of the post holiday blues because now you will be looking forward to a new trip!

Missing your holiday and the fun times is hard, but the feeling doesn’t last forever.

I hate getting the post holiday blues, especially if I don’t have another trip planned or the people I was on holiday with / travelling with continue on travelling and I couldn’t go with them. But these ways help ease the pain of missing the great time I just had. I hope they help you too!

Do you get post holiday blues often? What do you do to combat the feeling? How do you handle it?



I found happiness when I left my comfort zone

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In Dubrovnik, CroatiaAs I’ve already said, I spontaneously went travelling around Europe for three months last year.

Yes, that’s how this blog started. I’m still sharing my stories about my trip.

When I was travelling, I noticed I felt… lighter for lack of a better word. I was laughing more, I couldn’t wait to get out of bed every morning, I wanted to get up early. That’s when I suddenly realised how unhappy I had been before I had left. I never knew just how unhappy I had been in my life, I had always thought I was a generally happy and bubbly person. But then when I started to feel happy, I realised how much of a difference it felt.

Enjoying the sun in MykonosI notice I’m a lot more positive now. I always jump to see the positive side of things, when people ask me ‘How are you?’, I genuinely answer with ‘I’m great, thanks!’, it’s not a brush-off answer and it’s not the automated message everyone tends to say to this question. I’m genuinely great, and thank you for asking.

I never have anything to complain about, unless it’s the London cold or wishing I had more money to go travelling with… I notice negativity easier and I try to make those people see the positive side of life. But then I also try to stay away from the negativity, I don’t want to be dragged down that rabbit hole again and I do feel it’s easy to do when you hang around people who hate their life and aren’t willing to try to change it.

And I love it. Being happy is a great thing. Continue reading

I used to run another blog and why I gave it up

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It was solely a book blog.

Miss Book Reviews - My old Blog

I had a lot of fun running this blog and met a lot of cool people.

However I stopped blogging in late 2013 because I was suddenly finding it exhausting to write and run a book blog at the same time as trying to live my life. I couldn’t get the right balance of work, blogging and life and it made me feel like I was being recluse and not actually living my life.

I like writing, and blogging is the way I can write. I never realised how much time blogging takes up in your life, and I know all bloggers say that when they first started, they never realised the time it takes to run a good blog, with great content that gets people coming back for more.

In VeniceThen when I went travelling last year I decided to start this blog so my family (mainly my mum) could keep track of my travels. Blogging while backpacking is actually really hard, especially if you aren’t staying in places for very long. At first I was blogging every day, and then I discovered that I just didn’t have time for it, and then eventually I stopped altogether because I was experiencing other countries, cultures and making new friends. I was out all the time and because I didn’t have days on end at a place I just didn’t have time to write. My mum was not very impressed by this of course, she wanted to know what I was up to. Continue reading

I wanted (still want?) to be an actor

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I Wanted (Still Want?) to be an actor.

Me filming in the short film BlindSide

No, I wasn’t in anything you would have heard of. I mostly acted in short films.

Filming.Me filming the promo trailer for the short film BlindSide.

Did a few children’s pantomimes.

Me (Left) as Goldilocks in 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. Me (Left) as Cinderella in 'Cinderella'

Toured Auckland for six weeks performing an anti-bullying show at children’s schools, and auditioned for roles on TV etc but never got them.

In fact it’s only in the past year that I’ve decided to step away from that career and figure out if there is something else I love to do more.

I made this decision because I wasn’t happy living life the way I used to: working night shifts to allow time in the days for auditions, pay thousands of dollars a year on acting technique classes, accent classes, casting director work shops, headshots, always putting acting first no matter what other plans I had already made. Continue reading

What content makes you visit a blog?

When you’re perusing your bloglovin’ or RSS feed reader: What kind of blog posts catch your eye?

For me it’s the posts with a catchy title. Sometimes it may be the image that comes with the post.

I feel like title’s are so important when it comes to blogging, the title is the first thing a reader will read of your post. If it’s something catchy, it’s more than likely the reader will want to click your post to see what you have to say.I always find myself reading posts where the title is a question, or it’s something unique.

I’ve found that I generally ignore posts that look generated, meaning posts that look like everyone posts them. Such as meme’s or reviews. Ironic since I also post reviews right?

PH 20x20 Book Reviews

I feel particularly guilty admitting this, since I also do like to review books I read.

To be honest, I only read book reviews if it’s a review of a book I’ve already read or it’s a book that I want to read. Book reviews of books that I haven’t heard of I don’t usually read, I’m just not interested in them because I know nothing about them.

I suppose this can be seen as closed-minded to books and their content, but I would rather use my time reading blog posts I’m drawn to, and I’m just not drawn to book reviews. Continue reading

I live in London but that’s not where I’m from

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London (2)But I’m from New Zealand and had lived in Auckland my whole life, until last year when I went travelling around Europe for three months.

I moved half way across the world because I was going to be on that side of the world anyway. So why not get my visa just in case I didn’t want to leave? It turns out I didn’t want to leave because there were so many more places I wanted to see, and the London lifestyle is so different to home. I needed to experience more.

London is busy. 24 hours, 7 days a week. Well, except for Christmastime; at Christmas, London is a ghost town. Which makes me wonder if anyone is even from London, or if Londoners are all from other parts of England or the world. Everyone goes home at Christmastime. And barely anyone is left in London.

At home in Auckland, life is a lot quieter. Maybe that was because I didn’t live in the city and to get to the city, it felt like a bit of a mission. The fact that I worked night shifts while I lived there was also another reason my life was quieter. Continue reading