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Brits Suffer 9 Days of Post-holiday Blues (and Take Two Weeks to Catch up at Work)

Posted on the 20 September 2012 by 72point @72hub

It takes the average Brit eight days and 22 hours to get back into a routine after a holiday, a study has revealed. Being forced to set the alarm clock, dealing with the mountain of e-mails at work and tackling the morning commute are all among the top ten reasons why it’s so hard to get back up to speed.

Three quarters of those polled admitted to suffering from post-holiday blues, with six in ten regularly starting sentences with “this time last week we’d have been…” when talking with friends and colleagues.

Struggling with the routine was a key factor when it came to going back to work- the average worker feels they aren’t back to their best in terms of work performance until the third working day after a holiday.

Seven out of ten even said it took over two weeks to conquer the workload they found waiting for them when they returned to the office.

This is probably why Brits are already booking time off for next year- six in ten have already put thought into their summer holiday for next year.

The research was commissioned by Tribute, Cornwall’s best-loved ale, to mark the launch of its new online shop.

A spokesman for Tribute Pale Ale said:

“It can be hard having to return to normality after the holidays and it clearly plays on our mind for quite some time afterwards.

“But if someone is suffering a bit from post-holiday blues and still thinking back to it nine days afterwards then that’s at least a sign that they had a great time.

“It’s natural to feel a little downbeat when faced with the old routine once more but anything you can do to reminisce or re-live the holiday experiences will help and of course looking ahead to the next one can ease the sadness.”

Missing holiday views emerged as a key contributor to post-summer blues, with Brits forced to swap sunny beaches, hilly scenery or sea views for a look at the enormous ironing pile that greets them.

A hankering for the local food and drink of their holiday destination was one of the things four in ten people missed most.

Over a third enjoyed the alcoholic tipple they drank while away before seeking out more in their supermarkets and local pubs, while one in seven Brits misses having the freedom of being able to relax with a drink whenever they like.

More than half the study tries to cling to that holiday feeling a little bit longer after returning from holiday – mostly by scrolling through masses of holiday photos and many eat or drink something they’ve had while away to keep the memories alive.

The survey also found:

  • The blues are at their strongest for 8 days and 22 hours;
  • It takes 16 days until Brits are completely ‘over’ their holiday – often longer than the duration of the holiday itself.

The Tribute spokesman added:

“It can be a slightly gloomy time of year with the summer holiday season passing us by but it’s hopefully because people have had a good time and created some strong memories.

“Of course we’d all love to spend much more time on holiday and much less in the midst of our day-to-day routines.

“Unfortunately that’s not really an option for most of us, so it’s about topping up with little treats and things to keep us upbeat until the next one.”



1.   Having to catch up on washing
2.   Alarm clocks
3.   No lie-ins
4.   Waking up without the views I had on holiday
5.   Commuting traffic
6.   Cooking for yourself again
7.   Looking at the ironing pile
8.   Sifting through work emails
9.   Watching the tan slowly fade
10.   Doing the weekly shop

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