Psst…wake up. Your days of sun and sand-fill toes are gone. Whine if you may and frown if you must but your holiday is over and normal life requires your presence.
It is inevitable to feel a bout of sadness after the excitement of a recent vacation. You can almost feel every inch of your body trying to resist the boring routine of work-eat-sleep. But…the show must go on!
Here are 5 simple remedies for handling your post-vacation blues.
- Plan another trip
The best part of your vacation may not always be the vacation, but the moments leading up to it. According to a 2010 study in the Applied Research in Quality of Life journal, just planning a trip can lead to an increased feeling of happiness.
- Re-create your favorite meal from vacation
Research suggests food and memories are tied together, which explains why certain foods bring us back to childhood. The same could be for your last trip.
Dedicate a night to whipping up your favorite dishes from your vacation. Or, take it a step further and look into perfecting the cuisine from your recently visited location in a more long-term way with a local cooking class.
- Clean your house
Nothing proves less is more like having to live out of a suitcase for a week. Allow your vacation to motivate you to de-clutter and de-stress your life.
Look at your closet as if it’s your suitcase for a trip and only keep the necessities. What are the guidelines? Purge all the belongings that do not bring you joy. Doing so will help you reframe your physical space along with your mental one.
- Frame your memories
Once you’ve gotten back into the swing of things, set aside some time to look through the photos taken on vacation. Pick the most meaningful moments and frame them for your home or share on social media. Going back through photos can evoke a sense of nostalgia, which can enhance your mood.
- Continue your tourist state of mind
More than likely, after vacation, you will be returning home to the same city you’ve lived for many years. But maybe a new perspective to the old place will make you happier. Consider taking a fresh look at your own city, exploring places you’ve never been and act like a tourist for a change.
Post-vacation blues can knock you off track sometime. The key is to remember vacations are meant to be short breaks from your normal routine. Bring back the good vibes, spread them in tidbits throughout your daily life and you may start to enjoy a life you don’t need to vacation from.