HOW TO COM­BAT PTD

We all want our hol­i­days to last forever, but Abi Jack­son dis­cov­ers we can avoid post-travel de­pres­sion by fo­cus­ing on the good things in ev­ery­day life…

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On the way home from the air­port re­cently, tired from the jour­ney af­ter a blissful week in the French coun­try­side gorg­ing on bread and cheese, some­thing rather in­ter­est­ing hap­pened.

It started with the grin plas­tered on my face. Then I no­ticed my fi­ancé was smil­ing, too. “I can’t wait to get home to the cat,” I said. “Me too,” he replied, adding a lit­tle later, “I’ve missed Josh and Chuck too.” They’re the guys be­hind the

Stuff You Should Know pod­casts he lis­tens to ev­ery morn­ing.

“We’re very lucky,” I said, as I paid the cab driver, “to be so happy about com­ing home from hol­i­day.”

But un­til a few years ago, things were very dif­fer­ent. Go­ing on hol­i­day meant com­ing home with a se­vere case of post-hol­i­day blues, or, to use the tech­ni­cal term, PTD – post-travel de­pres­sion. I’d be sob­bing at the thought of get­ting back to reality, suf­fer­ing sleep­less dread-filled nights about re­turn­ing to work.

Now, get­ting back to reality felt like pure joy. I re­alise this may sound mon­u­men­tally smug, but that couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth. Our lives are far from per­fect, but my fi­ancé and I have a lot to be grate­ful for – the lovely weather here in Dubai, the beaches and the fact it’s a safe and clean city.

I have a com­fort­able lit­tle apart­ment in a quiet, leafy part of Dubai, my beloved cat, we both have jobs we en­joy and our health. Sim­ple ev­ery­day things that are easy to take for granted.

A few years ago, life was stress­ful and some­what chaotic. I’d quit my job with no clear sense of where I was headed, my health was un­der strain and, as a re­sult, things needed to change. It was a rocky patch. This is nor­mal in life, we all en­counter problems in some form or other. Nav­i­gat­ing through them isn’t al­ways easy, and it took me a long time to make the changes I needed to make.

But now, warm with the joy of giv­ing my cat a cud­dle, and look­ing for­ward to get­ting back into my ‘nor­mal’ rou­tine and all its lit­tle high­lights – the morn­ing walk to the metro, week­ends by the pool and am­bles around the mall – I re­alise I’m reap­ing the re­wards. One of the big­gest of which is an am­pli­fied ap­pre­ci­a­tion of all these lit­tle bless­ings.

And we all owe it to our­selves to bask in our con­tent­ment, and make the most of the good things while we can. So what do you most look for­ward to com­ing home to? Here, well-be­ing ex­perts re­veal their post-hol­i­day joys…

Some look for­ward to get­ting back into their fit­ness rou­tines

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