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The psychological significance of the holidays

The needs that created the desire for a vacation are maintained, but the way they express themselves is degenerated or redefined. The stability of our reports is a basic requirement: Professional, family, social and economic life must not be conditional, so that removing them for a short time is essential. When everything is shaken up, their vacations and importance deteriorate

According to research, expectation, experience, and memories are three psychological variables that influence our attitude toward holidays. Most often the wait stage, however strange it may sound, is the most decisive, but also the most enjoyable of the other two. The problem begins when hope goes beyond possibilities and when reality falls short of imagination: Mosquitoes, inadequate hotels, sunburns, family members with different perceptions of the ideal moments of relaxation, quarrels, overcrowding, poor finances, and a growing adventure culture can disrupt and entertain desires, leading to despair exhaustion

Sometimes possible setbacks are the best memories and source of endless return narratives, but the problem is that this is not realized when adversities annoy vacationers: At the remembering stage most people tend to idealize the positive of their holidays and downplay the negatives. Scientists call this phenomenon an ideal memory. It describes the detachment of memories from the accompanying emotions and explains why most people find the holidays enjoyable, while perhaps not experiencing them as such. Later, there is a tendency to describe them fencefully: These were the holidays I nearly drowned in, or when I met my wife.

The conclusion in any case is that waiting and remembering, more than the holidays themselves, are the most powerful analgesics that push us to plan our next outings.

During the holidays many workers, under the pressure of having to spend a pleasant time, aggravate their stress, so that they do not enjoy the small moments and look desperately for days spent without the coveted pleasure. Most research shows that longer vacations are not the best. On the contrary, most positive emotions arise when small outings are planned, eg. daily cruise with Themis IV. Switching between relaxing moments on a short day's return with a short day's return actually sharpens the contrast and leads people to value their free time more.

Few manage to make dramatic changes during the holiday season, while most are transferring their habits and stresses to the new location. These psychological luggage, especially those of workaholics, lead to obsessions and obsessions that inhibit pleasure: Forced personalities who panic if they have not moved the whole household to luggage, who fret at the idea that it would not be possible visiting, feeling overwhelmed by the mobile network and frustrated by the lack of a cosmetics shop on the border island, just looking for a pretext to stay home and resist until the end of change. Research shows that men enjoy less holidays than women and would be more willing to quit and return to work. Women associate the amount of money they spend on vacations with the anticipation of the pleasure they will receive.

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Depression immediately after the holiday is over, because most cannot incorporate the newly acquired vacation experiences into their daily lives and reflect on what they have lost. They found that constant occupation with work issues during the holidays reduces the pleasure they receive. In particular, the expected workload upon return is directly related to stress and stress.

The modern consumer era has imposed an unprecedented standardization on holiday style. Bombarded by advertising and life style magazines, the urban population is trying to adapt its holidays to the demands of secular life rather than to its personality with devastating effects: the standards are based on extreme consumerism and happiness, which requires a strong financial background.

We can distinguish two main types of vacationers: the organizer, who derives pleasure from careful holiday planning and who tries to predict every possible detail and the spontaneous - adventurous guy who likes to deal with extreme and unpredictable situations. In any case, conflict arises if these two guys decide to go on holiday together. It should be understood that the concept of holidays was not until recent years in the collective subconscious of the people, but was imposed by the urban lifestyle and the media. In fact, vacations should be distributed throughout the year and not associated with specific tourist areas and modus vivendi. The ultimate issue is happiness, and in particular its subjective perception, which is not necessarily linked to changing lifestyles.


  • Have realistic expectations from the holidays
  • Stay in touch with your true feelings and desires.
  • Express yourself freely.
  • Use parts of your brain that aren't used properly the rest of the year. You do this by discovering and engaging in activities that are not in your daily repertoire. If your vacations contain the element of unprecedented and challenging, they are less exhausting.
  • Make sure you have a personal time for relaxation
  • Get information about the history and cultural events of the area you visit.
  • Get in touch with the locals.
  • Read a book and avoid TV and computers.
  • Listen to a lot of music
  • Depending on your personality, either try to do things different from what you are used to or transfer your habits, but at a slower rate.
  • Make new acquaintances
  • Do not incur expenses that exceed your potential
  • Do not rest assured that the holidays can compensate you for the rest of the year.
  • Don't follow fashion.
  • Select destinations that are not mass-targeted
  • You are cut off from all that is bothering you. Disconnect in any way and forget about mobile emails, work.
  • You only care about this day and not tomorrow.
  • Let friends and boss know that you won't be available for the holiday season.
  • Take physical exercise.
  • Select a slow transport to take you to your destination. This enables you to realize that you are leaving.
  • After fifteen days from the end of the holiday, stress and stress levels will have returned to their previous levels. Keep in your work memories and photos of your trips