It had to happen … 😬
Have you noticed how we manage to put our heads in the sand during the summer, literally and figuratively, saying “we’ll see about that in the fall”?
Well, here we are! How can we best live the transition between these two planets, the happy moments with family or friends around a good table, “farniente”, the sun, the summer light and suddenly the return to the office, the greyness, the early mornings to run to the nursery or to school, the traffic jams or the subway, the bills?
How to avoid for some people this feeling that all the problems jump down your throat and that you’ll never manage? And that it will take 12 long months before the next break ?
At TiL, even when guided by the passion of our work, these moments also require a bit of adaptation, but we have a few tricks to think positive, keep our eyes shining and start again with confidence. We share them with you here, hoping that they will help you.
It seems that the effects of vacations disappear between 2 to 4 weeks after the return, and that we find the same level of fatigue and stress as before …. When you think that you have been waiting for them all year long!
We put a lot of expectations in the vacations, and are disappointed that their effects do not last longer. But the level of expectation and the psychological over-investment that we put in it are probably too high. This is what Professor Michel Lejoyeux, a psychiatrist, explains: “We think of vacations as a kind of medicine or antibiotic whose effects would eliminate fatigue and overwork and, above all, would last forever.
But these are moments of pleasure, of rest, not life changes.” He sees society as responsible, demanding that we be perfect parents, with perfect children, perfect social and professional life, and that we become new, radically different beings on vacation. But it doesn’t work like that, we don’t become virgins again on vacation…
On the other hand, the rhythm of work is such that we arrive on vacation exhausted, we take a long time to disconnect (when we manage to do so, because digital technology has blurred the border between personal and professional life), and as soon as we come back, we start all over again because everything has accumulated during our absence.
According to Professor Lejoyeux, there are 3 options: be physically active, keep moments of intimacy and focus on the present moment, especially in nature; “green and blue are natural antidepressants,” he says.
We add a lot of tips, adopted in the TiL team. Each one, according to his or her personality and life context, can find his or her own.
So are you ready, as we are, to see the beginning of the new school year as an opportunity, a beginning, a new blank page to be written with the words of happiness, and to put in place new habits to better blossom? We are here to write it with you, and to make the “til & chill” spirit that we cherish live as long as possible…
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