► How for­eign­ers in China han­dle post-hol­i­day syn­drome

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China’s Na­tional Day hol­i­day week has come to an end, but the next hol­i­day, New Year’s Day, is still about 80 days away. Very soon you will find your­self awak­ened by an an­noy­ing alarm clock,

rush­ing out with your break­fast in hand, packed into the metro like sar­dines in a can and work­ing around the clock at the of­fice.

It seems ev­ery­thing has re­turned to nor­mal ex­cept your­self. You start to feel de­pressed about re­turn­ing to work, and find your­self lack­ing an ap­petite and the abil­ity to con­cen­trate. If this is the case, you may be suf­fer­ing from post-hol­i­day syn­drome.

Some peo­ple say that hu­man be­ings are born to work. How­ever, not all are en­thu­si­as­tic about end­less em­ploy­ment. As a re­sult, hol­i­days have been in­vented to al­low a break for hard­work­ing peo­ple, en­cour­ag­ing them “to work hard and play hard.”

How­ever, in­stead of com­ing back re­freshed and ex­cited af­ter a week of fun, what of­ten ac­com­pa­nies the end of a hol­i­day are feel­ings of las­si­tude, tired­ness and even bore­dom about re­turn­ing to your desk. Doc­tors named these neg­a­tive feel­ings “post-hol­i­day syn­drome.”

Many bosses and doc­tors be­lieve that post-hol­i­day syn­drome ex­ists both men­tally and phys­i­cally. In or­der to mo­ti­vate em­ployee morale as soon as pos­si­ble, some com­pa­nies even of­fer fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives.

One in­ter­net user said her com­pany of­fered 500 yuan ($73) as a prize for those who were not late for work on the first day af­ter the hol­i­day. Other com­pa­nies give year-end bonuses to em­ploy­ees when they come back to work af­ter the Lu­nar New Year.

In a more creative fash­ion, some bosses choose to light strings of fire­crack­ers on the first work­ing day af­ter Spring Fes­ti­val, as they be­lieve fire­crack­ers are more pow­er­ful than alarm clocks in awak­en­ing peo­ple and get­ting them back to work.

Aside from men­tal prob­lems, doc­tors also re­mind peo­ple that there are a host of phys­i­cal post-hol­i­day syn­dromes, in­clud­ing sore­ness to the eyes, of­ten trig­gered af­ter ex­ces­sively play­ing com­puter games or mahjong, or watch­ing too much TV. Then there are the ill­nesses re­lated to di­ges­tion due to over-in­dul­gence on the food front.

The Global Times asked two ex­pats liv­ing in China for their tips on over­com­ing the back-to-work blues. We hope their sug­ges­tions help you get over your own post-hol­i­day


Chamil, 36, mar­ket­ing

I have sel­dom ex­pe­ri­enced post-hol­i­day syn­drome. Like most peo­ple, over the hol­i­day I have vis­ited my rel­a­tives and en­joyed so­cial­iz­ing. But I am ac­cus­tomed to en­ter­ing the work­ing state and pre­par­ing my­self for work sev­eral days be­fore the end of the hol­i­days. I have been stick­ing to this habit for many years, which I think is the rea­son why I sel­dom feel anx­ious and de­pressed be­fore go­ing back to work. Usu­ally I will write a to-do list be­fore I take my leave, writ­ing down what I need to do when I come back. I will check my email box from time to time and start to work on some files so that I can re­vert back to the work-mode quickly.

Mon­i­caPu, 24, au­di­tor

I think ev­ery­one ex­pe­ri­ences posthol­i­day syn­drome in their life. Af­ter vis­it­ing my rel­a­tives and catch­ing up on my lost sleep, I be­gan to feel anx­ious dur­ing the mid­dle of the va­ca­tion. I have work fear. Think­ing of com­ing back to the fast-paced life made me anx­ious. I felt like the time was go­ing so quickly and sud­denly there was only 24

hours left of my hol­i­day. To counter these symp­toms I re­turn o the rou­tine by sleep­ing early at night. Be­fore I sleep I will take a hot bath nd turn on the aroma dif­fuser, which makes me quickly drift into a sound leep. Af­ter a sound sleep, the anx­i­ety ust dis­si­pates. Eat­ing well and keep­ing up reg­u­lar ex­er­cise also helps me re­turn o good shape. I will eat my blues away with some sweet food and fresh fruits which make me feel good. Keep­ing re­laxed and pos­i­tive is an­other way of deal­ing with post-hol­i­day syn­drome. I will do things that give me cause to look for­ward. For ex­am­ple, I may book a fancy din­ner on the first work­ing day or in­vite friends to go to the theater on the fol­low­ing week­end. When I fi­nally step into the of­fice, see­ing loads of files pack­ing my desk, I won’t worry about the post-hol­i­day syn­drome any more. I will quickly adapt my­self to the work­ing mode and prom­ise my­self that the harder I work the sooner I can have an­other hol­i­day.

Af­ter a long hol­i­day, many peo­ple may suf­fer from post-hol­i­day syn­drome .

In­stead of com­ing back re­freshed and ex­cited, what of­ten ac­com­pa­nies the end of a hol­i­day are feel­ings of las­si­tude and tired­ness.

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