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Avoiding the post-vacation blues this spring break

Last Updated Mar 23, 2019 at 10:22 am PDT

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, people walk among wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Getting back into your regular exercise and eating routine can help

Try to have a positive mindset about the return

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –┬áThe long-term weather forecast looks good for April, May and even beyond but before we get there, spring breaks across the province are wrapping up.

Post-vacation letdowns are real and pretty common according to Vancouver clinical psychologist Dr. Joti Samra, who says they’re a reaction to a bunch of negative thoughts.

“For most of us, getting back to work, even after a long weekend and certainly after a week or two, can lead to a little bit of an emotional letdown,” she says.

“I hate my job, I hate going back, I’m upset my vacation is over,” are some of the common feelings you could have, according to Dr. Samra. “Of course, emotionally, we’re not going to feel as great.”

If you can shift that self-talk to saying: ‘I’m so appreciative of having this wonderful two weeks off,'” you’ll be in a better place.

And once you’re back, try to get back into routine.

“Starting to regulate your sleep a bit and get good old things like diet, exercise and alcohol use back to normal,” will help, she says. “And then kind of ease in. Don’t over-plan for the week that you’re back from vacation.”

Dr. Samra suggests taking a positive approach, and be thankful for the time off.

“Think about the positives of being back to a structured life. All of us are creatures of habit and the reality is, structure and routine is really important for us. There is a bit of a relief that can come along with getting back into a regular routine and so shifting focus to the positives of that can also be very helpful.”