Every third Dane suffering from the post-holiday blues

Women and youngsters feeling the pinch in particular

If you have experienced a sinking feeling as your holiday winds down and the impending doom of having to return to the office approaches, you are not alone.

A new survey by travel search engine Momondo showed that 32 percent of Danes felt “sad or depressed” when they return to the daily grind following a holiday.

“Our survey shows the Danes have a tough time returning from their holidays,” Lasse Skole Hansen, the head of communications for Momondo, told Berlingske newspaper.

“Many Danes feel depressed when they return to their jobs, even though they may be under the impression that a holiday is supposed to have the opposite effect.”

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Women and youngsters
In particular, it is women and young people who feel the brunt of having to return to their work again, the survey revealed.

“We can see that 37 percent of women felt sad, compared to just 26 percent of men,” Hansen said. “The disparity increases depending on age. Some 41 percent of 18 to 22-year-olds have suffered from post-holiday blues, while the number is just 20 percent when it comes to 56 to 65-year-olds.”

Some 22 percent of the Danes attempt a more smooth transition back to the ‘real world’ by planning their next holiday. Others dull the pain by spending more quality time with friends and family.

Some 10 percent said they slept longer than usual, 8 percent said they  exercised more, while 10 percent said they tried to keep the good times going by enjoying some of the same food and wine they consumed on their holidays.