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► How foreigners in China handle post-holiday syndrome
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.