SUNSETS AND PALM TREES
Returning to reality after a holiday can feel like putting on a wet swimming costume. Especially if you have a mountain of washing, an overflowing inbox and you’re expected in work the following day. After years of experiencing the post-holiday blues, I decided to implement a few things to soften the blow. So today I’m sharing a few tips to help you glide seamlessly back into daily life after a holiday.
1. PRE-HOLIDAY PLANNING
If you have the time it’s good to tidy your home and make sure everything is in order before you depart. On your return, you’re more than likely to have a few household chores to do so why not make things easy for yourself by having everything else in order. That way you can put your feet up, make yourself a Pina Colada and pretend you’re still sat on a balcony enjoying the sunset!
One thing that can cast a shadow over a holiday is thinking about work. So roughly two weeks before you leave, plan what you’d like to achieve before you set off. After all, there’s nothing like a holiday deadline to help you get things done. If you have colleagues, create some handover notes and just before you depart clear your inbox, tidy your desk and write a list of the jobs you’ll do on your return. This will make the hazy first day back at work a whole lot easier.
2. CREATE SOME EXTRA TIME
If it’s possible, build in an extra day to rest and get organised before returning to reality. You’ll undoubtedly have food to buy and washing to do and if anything else it’s nice to extend the break for as long as you can. This is of great value if you’ve travelled to a far off destination and are suffering from jet lag. After all falling asleep at your desk is not the best way to return to work.
3. BE KIND TO YOURSELF
You don’t have to jump straight back into healthy eating, exercise, a busy schedule and routine after a break. In fact, why not take things easy and stretch out that holiday feeling for as long as you can. I like to re-introduce good habits gradually because I know if I pile on too much too soon I’ll undoubtedly fail. Always listen to your body and remember it’s normal to sometimes feel down after time away.
4. ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS
After a holiday and a change of scenery, it’s easier to see things more clearly. So why not take a step back to appreciate the joyful things in your life. Whether it’s your family and friends, the beauty of nature or even your morning coffee. Breathe, be present and take a moment or two to be grateful of the here and now.
5. HOLD ONTO THAT HOLIDAY FEELING
Editing photographs, listening to the music you enjoyed while away or even using the perfume you bought in duty-free will take you back to that happy place. Although we shouldn’t spend our lives reminiscing I think a little daydreaming is good for the soul. I’ve certainly imagined myself back on the beautiful island of Mykonos when it’s raining outside.
6. PLAN A NEW ADVENTURE
Try to fill your days with joy by doing the things you love. And if you’re really feeling the post-holiday blues you could plan a fun day out or even another holiday. Focusing on a new experience or adventure can help to push through the challenging days.
Do you have any tips to help avoid the post-holiday blues?
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