Are you Suffering from: Leisure Sickness

You spend the better part of a year planning the great getaway exotic holiday. You organise your work in such a way that you can leave without a care in the world, and as soon as you arrive and you get over the jet lag, disaster strikes. You have 104-degree fever and can't walk to the toilet.

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor, helen@kirwantaylor.com
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010
Leisure Sickness is a well-observed phenomenon in corporate circles. The illness usually hits on the third day of the holiday, lingers long enough to ruin your hard-earned break, and then comes back with you to infect the rest of your colleagues, who have also just returned from holiday.

For some, Leisure Sickness can also describe the intense sense of anxiety and panic they experience when confronted with deckchairs, an ocean and no meetings. The cure, apart from never going on holiday, is never to relax. If you take your BlackBerry, your files and your laptop with you, chances are no lurgy will bother you. Your family may leave you, but the flu virus will annoy someone else.

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