We’ve all experienced it before: the post-holiday blues that hit once a vacation comes to an end. Sometimes, it feels like you’re leaving your heart behind. And it gets worse when you feel unmotivated to go back to your everyday life and drag yourself back to work the following day – especially after having the time of your life on your holiday.
If you’re currently dealing with post-holiday depression, then why not kick it in the ass by going for a martial arts class? Besides helping you to burn those vacation calories, it will also help you to overcome those post-travel blues.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Ways Martial Arts Helps Beat Post Holiday Depression:
1) It improves your mood
We’re pretty sure you must have heard about the endorphins that your body releases when you exercise. If you don’t already know, these endorphins play a part in boosting your mood and turning that frown upside down! So instead of dwelling on the fact that you’re back home from an awesome vacation and feeling miserable, why not do your mind and body a favor by working out? Trust us, sometimes all it takes is a good workout to help you feel better.
Psst! Martial arts has been scientifically proven to keep you happy and lower your stress levels, so it’s something you should definitely consider!
2) It boosts your energy levels
After exploring all those places and doing those activities while on holiday, you might feel fatigued. Hence, heading to the gym will probably be the last thing on your mind when you get home. However, that should actually be one of the first things you do – especially because you’re going to need that energy boost to get back on track!
Training martial arts will enable your cardiovascular system to work more efficiently, as it transports oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. As a result, your lung and heart health will improve, and your daily activities will feel less mundane – simply because you have the energy to take them on.
3) It helps you sleep better
Chances are, you spent some time living in a different time zone when you were overseas. And your body has to take some time to adjust back to your home’s time zone. Well, if you’re having trouble getting back to sleep and waking at regular hours, then why not attend a martial arts class? Besides boosting your energy levels, it will also help you to get your much needed quality sleep at night.
When you’re able to sleep well through the night and of course, go to bed and wake up at regular hours, you will be able to reset your sleep cycle and beat the jet lag. The best part? You will wake up feeling refreshed instead of grumpy.
4) It takes you closer to your goals
Whether it’s losing 5kg or simply becoming fitter, you probably got a little further from your goals when you were having fun on vacation. After all, there’s a good chance you were indulging in not-so-healthy food and drinks and/or lazing at the beach while getting your tan!
Well, now that you’re back, why not get right back on track and continue from where you left off? By focusing on your goals, be it existing or new ones, you will have something to work towards, and there won’t be as much space in your mind for gloomy thoughts.
5) It teaches you to be present
It’s okay to think about your trip and smile at the happy memories you made there. However, if it becomes a constant thing, you will get caught up with them, and unfortunately, this might blind you to whatever’s in front of you.
When you attend that martial arts class, you will have to give your instructor all your attention – if not you will struggle to understand the technique and not be able to make the most of that session. Once you learn to be present, you will then be able to truly seize the day and make every moment count, whether in or out of the gym.
If all else fails, you can always plan another trip and countdown to it. However, while you’re back home, why not beat that post-holiday depression and get into the best shape of your life!