How To Overcome The Post Vacation Blues
Am I the only one who feels a little down after returning home from a glorious vacation?
It happens to me every time. A day or two before we head home I begin to feel a little sad that it all has to end. A week of no schedules, laughing and playing with my kids, reconnecting with my husband, simply r-e-l-a-x-i-n-g…it all comes to an end and we are thrust whether we are ready or not back into life.
We just came back from a fabulous family trip to Colorado. There was so much beauty to be found inside the Rocky Mountain National Park that I didn’t want to leave. My husband and I had so much fun with our kids. They’re getting older and I treasure our moments together.
Actually, I think this is pretty common. If you google “post-vacation blues” on the internet a ton of articles pop up. It’s apparently a real thing. Maybe not a medical diagnosis, but it is experienced by many.
Think about it, we plan the perfect vacation for months, save up for it, map it all out and anticipate making wonderful memories. While we are in the midst of our vacation, we forget the world around us. Then it all comes to an end and we are thrust back into reality. Bills, work and laundry, all slap us in the face as we walk through the door.
That’s such a shame.
No one wants to feel sad after experiencing such a happy time.
I can tell you this happens to me each and every time we go on vacation. My family is my world and spending time with them and not sharing them with work, school and their friends means so much to me. I crave that kind of togetherness. So I’ve come up with a few things that help me to ease back into reality after our vacations. These are things that I do to make me feel a little better about coming back home.
1. Plan the next vacation as soon as you return home. The vacation doesn’t have to happen soon. It can be in the next six months or even the next year. By planning it, it gives you something to look forward to.
2. Ease into reality. If at all possible, try to have a day or two after your vacation to be at home and continue to relax. If you’re like me, I have to have all the laundry done and put away the day after I return home. Not good! This completely stresses me out. Try not to be like me…
3. Understand that your vacation doesn’t have to end when you return home. If you enjoyed a particular food you ate while away, recreate it at home. Go through the photographs you took. Enlarge a few and frame them to hang on your wall.
4. Get back into your usual exercise routine. When we go on vacation, I don’t really exercise much. I try to do a little yoga, but that’s about it. So when I get home, It helps me to jump right into exercising again. It makes me feel better.
5. Get some sleep. We tend to go to sleep way too late when we’re on vacation. We simply don’t want our day to end and my husband and I are enjoying our kids company so much we often find ourselves up talking late into the evening. Try to get back on track with your sleep. It helps.
These five tips work for me. What about you? Do you feel this way too? If you have ideas to ease back into reality, I’d love to hear them. Just leave your ideas in the comment section below.
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