Have you ever been sick as fast as the holiday starts? It has happened to me many times. Being a whole year without any sickness, and the first days travelling on holiday, I am sick!
One of the times I remember this happened was on Christmas holiday in Gambia, and I was in the bed most of that vacation. Also on my honeymoon, I got a bad flu, again!
The same have happened to my mom many times. I always feel that one of us get the flu as fast as the holiday start, and we travel abroad.
But, we are not alone experiencing this. A study made at Tilburg University in Holland found that as many as 3 % get sick when the holiday starts due to stress at work or school. This type of sickness is called leisure sickness.
And yes, every time I have gotten the leisure sickness, it was after a stressful period. In Gambia it was right after a lot of exams. On our honeymoon, it was after a lot of stress planning the wedding, and being in charge of a foundation and 20 volunteers.
For a long time I thought this happened because I was delaying the sickness, as due to all the things I had to do I could not let myself be sick. However, experts say that this is not possible.
We get the leisure sickness because when we stress the immune system work more effective – for a short while. But we still have the virus in the lungs, and when we relax as it is vacation time, the immune system do the same and we get sick with the flu.
It can be very frustrating when this happens. But I guess we that often suffer from leisure sickness, just have to learn not to stress so much the rest of the year. It is the only way we can try to stay healthy also when we travel on holiday.
Have you ever had leisure sickness?