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Region's workers feel anxious about returning to work after holidays, survey shows

Data by AliExpress - part of China's Alibaba Group - found that post-holiday blues can result in mood swings, sleepless nights and lower productivity at work

Region's workers feel anxious about returning to work after holidays, survey shows

As many as 39 percent of people in the UAE and Saudi Arabia feel anxious about returning to work or school following the summer holidays, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by e-commerce shopping platform AliExpress which included 1,200 participants.

The data also found that 56 percent of people experience post-holiday blues, or mild depression or anxiety after the end of holidays, resulting in mood swings, sleepless nights and lower productivity at work.

The survey claims, however, that 40 percent of people indulge in 'retail therapy' to overcome post-holiday blues, while 74 percent opt for shopping to improve their mood.

“Although ‘post-holiday blues’ is not recognised a disorder, it is actually a very real and normal reaction when one has been on holiday, had a break from the norm and then returned back to the routines and responsibilities of everyday life,” according to Dr Annie Crookes, the head of psychology at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai campus.

Dr Crookes explains that those returning from holiday experience withdrawal from the excitement and novelty of holidays, which leads to lack of motivation and difficulty in concentrating.

“The best way to combat the blues is to shake it off. Go find that book to read, or that store to raid. Declutter your home or decorate it and redecorate it again. Whatever it may be, find your purpose and jump right in,” she said.

Through its “beat the post-summer holiday blues” campaign from August 27 to August 31, AliExpress is offering discounts of up to 50 percent, free delivery on all orders over $60 and $90 in the UAE and Saudi Arabia respectively, as well as faster direct delivery between 7 to 15 working days.

AliExpress, which is part of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has users from over 200 countries and regions.

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