Vacations are always fun and happy until you get back home with more than just a souvenir in the form of sickness. Ever wondered why might that happen? Let us take you through a whole list of reasons as to why you might get sick after a vacation.
For most of us, vacations are often delightful and fun and we tend to take it that way too in the sense of not caring enough as to what we are eating, drinking, or sleeping all that leads to what I call the vacation-effect. The most common health issues include
- Minor colds
- Upset stomach
Where these issues might feel mild they tend to make the first few weeks of your after-vacation tiring and distressful especially when you are still getting over the fatigue and cramps from all the walking and traveling. After a relaxing vacation where you might feel relaxed mentally but are extremely tired physically and paired with the sickness can make your time back home painful. It is however totally normal to get sick after a vacation particularly because of the change in pace which is a little too hard to adapt to.
Where this after vacation sickness is a major letdown and it is not much you can do about it except for being a little careful while on vacation but let’s just admit it, where is the fun in that right? Nevertheless, we have outlined reasons below as to why might you get sick after a fun vacation and can do to avoid it by the experts themselves.
Traveling by air can be one reason for your sickness not because of the recycled air floating through the plane but the “low humidity air that can dry out nasal passages”. Due to the plane’s high altitude, you are more exposed to dry air that can irritate your throat and nose and make you more prone to bacterial infection causing cold and fever. Apart from that some people are generally plane sick and tend to get nauseous and that is completely common as well.
Tip: keep a saline nasal spray and eye drops to keep this at bay and keep yourself well hydrated to avoid plane sickness.
From a change of environment to unclean hotel rooms and changes in daily routines, all of these can put your health at risk and make you vulnerable to bacterial infections and irritated dry nose and throat. Airports and train stations are likely to be crowded with all kinds of people and hence increase the greater risk of you getting sick while traveling. Change of air is another thing that your body is not used to and will eventually affect you in one way or the other.
Tip: wash your hands more often and keep a sanitizer at hand. Try to be more careful while on vacation which is generally not possible and so, stick to regular handwashing.
You tend to make the most out of a vacation
Yes, it is true, let’s admit it vacations only come by rarely and hence when you finally get a chance to travel you try to make the most out of it. Where there is nothing wrong with that, it can generally make you more tired and exhaustive. You want to do ten more things in a day just so you have more experiences to share and stories to tell and focus on quantity rather than the quality and that can cause immunity-busting stress. An effective approach to that would be to find interests that get you most satisfied without getting you extra tired.
Tip: do more long-term mediocre activities that are more enjoyable and have a more intrinsic value to them.
Buses, boats, cars, you name it, all of these things generally make you queasy. Traveling, in general, can get you nauseous especially if you are not used to it such as boats and buses which can be sloppier and more crowded.
Tip: try not to eat a heavy meal before traveling and try not to move your head a lot while on the bus or boats to avoid dizziness.
Lack of sleep is another reason why you might often get sick making your vacations harder and stressful. It is harder to find time to sleep because of all the activities already planned and you do not want to miss any part of it and eventually have to compromise on sleep. Not getting enough sleep, however, can further decrease your immunity, making you more vulnerable to sickness while on vacations.
Tip: Try incorporating more nap-time in a day. Taking a nap for 30 minutes or less is an effective way to re-energize your body and help you feel much better.
Vacations can be a fun time but can come with sickness and body aches that can be extremely distressing and tiring. Take a day off if you have to once you get back home and let yourself adjust back to your routine, do a relaxing yoga regime and rest. Also, catch up on the lost sleep you were not able to get enough of while on vacation. Sickness can be really irritating but with enough rest and giving yourself time will get you fit in no time.
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