How to cope with post-trip depression.
You are having the time of your life exploring the unknown, meeting amazing people and enjoying every second of it and before you know it you’re already back home. You’re back to your 9-5 job. Stuck in the city traffic. Squashed into an overcrowded tube. You feel your day to day is on replay again. Suddenly, you feel nostalgic. You feel sad. You don’t want to be here right now. You miss travelling even though you just came back. You are having post-travel blues. Yes, it exists, and here at Just Boarded, we can attest to this. So we have gathered the best tips to help you deal with it.
Get your home ready for a smooth return
The last thing you want after a long-haul flight is to come back to a messy and dirty house where there is nothing to eat. Before leaving for a trip, take care of stocking the pantry, cleaning up around the house, taking out the trash. That way, you’re coming back to a warm, welcoming and safe home. It’s also a perfect opportunity to de-clutter your life. Take each item in your home and decide honestly if you need it. You then have more space to fill your home with more meaningful belongings you brought back from your trip. Changing your home and adding something new will make you feel happier to be back.
Give yourself time
There’s nothing worth than coming back from a great adventure and having to be at work at 9am the next day. You will feel tired, grumpy and be very unproductive. Having a day or two at home when you come back is a great way to adjust to being back home at your own pace. It also gives you time to rest, get over jet lag, unpack and absorb all the beautiful things that you just experienced during your trip. If you can, try to return to work on a Tuesday. That way you’ll skip the hectic Monday no one likes and have a shorter week to return to.
Keep your memories in a creative way
One of the easiest ways to help move past the depression after travelling is to start working on recording those travel memories in some creative way. Whether you’re good at writing down stories, updating videos or scrapbooking (if you’re not creative at all it’s ok, just steal some creative ideas from Pinterest or Photobox), creating something original with your souvenirs is a great way to “extend” your trip. Memories are important. They remind us of who we are, who we were, and all the amazing things we have done. Immortalising them is something everyone should be looking into doing.
Focus on the positive
Try to see the enjoyable moments of your trip as part of a lifelong series of new experiences and lasting memories. Think about what you achieved, how you have grown as a person, the memories you have created, the obstacles you tackled, relationships you formed. Be grateful for what you had the chance to experience. You can even write it down and put it in a jar where every day you will add something you’re grateful for. We’re sure you’re now a better, wiser, more patient and compassionate person and you should be nothing but proud of yourself.
Pick your next adventure
It seems logical right? Knowing that something just as fun as your last trip is in your future will brighten up your day and give you something to look forward to. You don’t necessarily need to jet off to some far-away country tomorrow but think about where you would like to go and when you could go. It can even be in 2 years time, as long as something is on the agenda. This forces you to focus on the reality, which is how to make that happen. Well, in order to travel, you need a minimum amount of money. And to get that money, you need to work. Not as bad when you look at it that way, right?
Pick your travel buddies
The next step is to motivate people to travel with you. Whether you choose to travel with your friends, colleagues or family, having people around you focusing on the same goal will cheer you up, especially the days you’re feeling down and a lack of energy is holding you back. Working towards a shared goal is key too. Why not raise money for a charity? It develops team work and communication which are really important when travelling in a group. Remember that nothing strengthens a relationship like exploring a new place together so pick the right people.
Create mini adventures
During a trip you’re exposed to a myriad of new and exciting things, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have that back home. Explore the area you live in and create mini adventures every day. You enjoyed the food you ate in Vietnam? Learn how to cook it at home. You liked trekking through the forest in Nepal? Get active, go outside for a walk in a park or a forest around your house where you’ve never been. You enjoyed meeting new people on your trip? Talk to that new guy who just joined your team at work. Try to treat your home town with the same enthusiasm you visited other cities abroad.
Travelling opens up your eyes, mind, heart, and soul. So coming back home can be really hard. But post travel depression can also help us figure out what we are not enjoying about our current way of life, and open our eyes to what we are truly passionate about. So, take some time to figure out what makes you happy, get out and explore what’s outside your front door, gather your best travel buddies and start choosing your next big adventure.
Until next adventure.
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