At some point, the mid-season blues will hit every rep. Whether it is in your first season or a few years down the line making it your last season, the mid-season blues come hand in hand with the job and living abroad. It’s the time of the season when people become a bit moody, slightly lazy, have an all-round lack of enthusiasm or energy and some people even make the decision to go home. It effects us all at some point, it’s unavoidable.
You’re halfway through, you haven’t seen your friends and family for a while yet you’ve still got quite a while to go. You’re missing your home comforts, the familiarity of your own bed and your favourite treats. You’re settled in your destination, got used to the area and it is no longer the novelty it once was. You’re used to the job role, in a routine and are no longer quite as bothered to go the extra mile. You’re exhausted, rep life can be tough, especially balancing work life and social life, you’ve been doing it for months. Plus, on top of all this, it is hot, very hot and daily motivation is quite the struggle. To get the mid-season blues is perfectly normal.
This year, it hasn’t hit me. I feel at home in Tenerife and am having an amazing time, I haven’t once thought about giving it all up and going home. Last summer was a different story, my first season was pretty tough. In the long run, I had an incredible summer and it gave me more than I could ever imagine but in the peak of season, the general day to day could often become quite the struggle. Although I have always been very independant and it was not my first time living away from home, it is very bizarre to think that you won’t have an opportunity to see your nearest and dearest for months on end. Of course, these days, it’s a lot easier. You can be in constant contact with your loved ones in another country through a quick phone call, the beauty of social media and amazing things like Skype. It helps, it keeps you in the loop it but it never quite lives up to being face to face and that will always leave a little void in your heart. Although I still loved it completely, the novelty of the job and the experience had worn off a little. The excitement slightly fizzled as it passed the stage of extended holiday and you realise that this is your day to day life. The routine of it can get a bit mundane and whilst living on a beautiful island in tropical temperatures, you weirdly find yourself longing for a holiday. It is a strange thing to explain to an outsider, they only see the good but anyone who has ever been in your shoes completely understands.
How you handle the mid-season blues depends on you as a person, only you know what is right for you and only you can make that decision. My best advice is to give it time. There were a number of occasions last summer when I could have packed it all in and jumped on a flight but if I had, I wouldn’t be the person I am now and wouldn’t be living the life I’m living. The positives of rep life far outweigh the negatives, you gain so much from the experiences that you would regret not at least trying to make it work. A lot of the time it passes, in general life, we all have down days, sometimes for no reason at all but pretty soon, we’re fine again. It’s just life. Look after yourself, keep yourself hydrated, cool and get plenty of rest because sometimes, you just need to slow down a bit to get yourself back on track. Also, take some time to reflect on your journey so far and also remember where you are with the amazing opportunities you have.
They say when you know, you know. Ex reps have told me that they always knew at the start of a season that it was going to be their last and people I know who have quit have told me they just felt like it was their time. At least if you’ve tried, you won’t live in regret and will know you’ve made the right decision.
I’m sure my own time will come somewhere down the line and I’m sure the mid-season blues will strike me again before that time but for now, I completely empathise with anyone experiencing the blues and I’m grateful of my time and experience.
All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.
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