Just got back from a lovely vacation and dread going back to work and your normal routine?
Don’t worry we all get the Post Vacation Blues sometimes. And to help you get quicker back on your feet we have collected some tips on how to cure it:
1. Get home one day earlier
Most of us book our vacations so that we arrive home the day (or even night) before we have to be back in the office. Of course this is a great way to get the most out of your hard earned vacation days, but getting back one day earlier, so that you have a morning to sleep in a bit, unpack and fix what needs to be done at home and have time to mentally prepare to get back to work, is very helpful in handling the transition between holiday and work.
2. Make a change in your life
Even if it’s just a small one. Lets face it, one reason why we enjoy vacation so much is because it’s a break in our regular, habit driven everyday life. But life doesn’t have to look the same every day just because you are back to work. Make a change in your life. Start a new hobby, take a different way home from work, do something spontaneous in the middle of the week. You will see, it will quickly take away the boredom of a strict every day life.
3. Go for day trips and weekends close by
A vacation doesn’t have to be to a far away place or a tropical beach. Why not take a weekend, or a Sunday afternoon to explore the area around you. Usually we tend to forget to appreciate the city or area that we live in – but there are probably tons of things to see and do. Go for a picnic in the nature, visit a museum you haven’t been to or just go out for a dinner in a neighbouring city.
4. Start planning your next holiday
Studies show that we experience 7 % of our holiday happiness while booking the trip and a whole 67% planning, preparing and waiting for the trip. So start looking searching and planning for your next vacation and the post vacation blues will soon be gone.
5. Just relax
Allow yourself to be a bit down and out of it for a couple of days. Your colleagues and friends will understand you. Because as we all know, the post holiday blues will pass. And if it doesn’t, then maybe it’s time for a real life changing decision. As marketing guru Seth Godin once said: “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”