Have you been away on a holiday during the school/uni break and enjoyed some fun and pleasure? Perhaps it was 5 Star all the way for you or maybe you trekked with pure abandon and freedom. Most of us try and pack as much activity as we possibly can into our holiday days; we also look forward to our holiday ahead of going away to the point where we don’t really focus on anything else other than ‘I’m going on holiday and I can’t wait’! Then departure day arrives and off you go - yet before you know it, you’re back home, and possibly feeling a little flat and uninspired. If you do, you are not alone - this is such a common feeling it is often referred to as ‘post holiday blues’ (well now that’s original!).
So how can you shift these feelings? Lots of people try to just carry on and hope they will subside or allow life’s duties (e.g. school activities, work and family commitments) to take over and essentially camouflage the negative feelings of being flat and dull. It may sound strange, but I’d like to offer that it’s OK to feel flat and dull. Our lives are not meant to be all up, fun loving and super positive. We really are meant to experience the highs and the lows, the ebbs and flows of physical and mental energy changes. The challenge is how we handle these changes.
Difficulties arise when we fight these feelings, rather than accepting it is what it is…. for now. One of my favourite sayings is “this too will pass”. Everything passes… everything. The discomfort, the boredom, the lethargy, the euphoria, the joy. It is a constantly moving, ever changing shift of feelings, emotions and bodily sensations.
To practice self-acceptance with non-attachment, non-judgment of self can sometimes be challenging. This is where yoga can be helpful. In yoga it is not just about stretching your body into postures and holding them. It is actually about connecting your awareness to your body and mind through breath awareness. This allows you to move into a space of acceptance of yourself and others without being competitive or comparing. Yoga can help you to feel really good, physically and emotionally, alleviating stress and anxiety, even after just one class!