The holidays are meant to be a time of relaxation, stress-free fun, and chilling out. For some of us, though, a recharge after the holidays is necessary: between financial anxiety, family dysfunction, travel issues, and more, the holidays can be more stressful than not. After a vacation, you're supposed to come back to the ~real world~ floating on air, but more often than not, you're still carrying all the stress of the holidays with you. I always feel relieved to return to routine and work life after the chaos of the holiday period, but I've never really felt rested after the New Year. So how can you recharge if your holidays have put you on edge rather than defusing your stress levels?
The key to dealing with post-holiday stress, according to experts, is in managing your transition period effectively and recognizing the stress that you're carrying. If you do have post-vacation blues, you may discover that you sleep badly, have a low mood, and aren't feeling well overall. "The symptoms of the post-holiday blues period are similar to those of 'regular' depression — headaches, insomnia and trouble sleeping, anxiety ... and agitation," says the Center for Anxiety Disorders. You don't have to feel guilty for "not enjoying" family time or feeling stressed out while you're home — it happens to plenty of us. Here are six ways to get back to feeling like your usual self after a stressful holiday "break."