Well, today is my first day of work. Although I'm quite lucky and only have to go in for half a day, there's still something pretty sad about the whole 'back to reality' thing after a dream vacation. Not only regarding work, mind, because I found it quite hard to get back into the routines of daily life, even though I had a couple of free days to spare as well. Here's what I learned helps beat that post-vacation blues while I was trying to find my footing again.
RE-LIVE YOUR TRIP
Try to look back on your trip without feeling too sad about leaving it all behind. A little bit of sentimentality doesn't hurt, but the more you'll talk about your trip, the more you'll feel happy you experienced something like that instead of missing it too much like I did just after getting back. Talk - by all means, brag! - about it with friends, or do something creative with it. In my case this was, of course, writing a blog post about it, but a beautiful photo album or scrapbook full of pictures will do the trick just as well.
VACAY IN YOUR HOMETOWN/COUNTRY
After a trip like mine, aka not one where you spend the majority of your time by the pool, it truly IS important to rest up. After your body is back in business, however, it's probably not a very good idea to stay inside all the time and just wallow in your post-vacay sadness. Go for a walk, surround yourself with friends that might understand you and you can confide in. Talk, have fun, forget your troubles for just a second and rediscover what's so great about your hometown. Important note: do something you know will be fun. If you don't and immediately try to over-do it, you might come back disappointed and miss that perfect vacation spot even more. I, for one, really found solace in a fun late night quiz with friends and a Spider-y cinema visit with my brother.
Make your home feel like home again by cleaning it or even changing it up a bit so that it's all new and you'll love being there. Also, integrate all sorts of stuff from traveling into your interior. Showcase your souvenirs, frame a picture from your travels, etc.
USE THE BLUES, TURN IT INTO SOMETHING GOOD
One good thing about that post-vacation blues? It makes you realise what you don't really like in your day-to-day lives. Personally, it made me want to do more mine in so many ways. From saving up for a next adventure to the growing need to really start escaping the ordinary and finding a better career, personally; it's bound to make me grow stronger and more determined than ever.
Find a purpose, however small, and work for it. Don't sit around and wait for that dip to get worse. Do something about it. For example, start setting things in motion for all the things mentioned in the paragraph above and you'll feel motivated in no time.
START PLANNING YOUR NEXT TRIP
There's nothing better to soften the blow after a vacation than taking a head start on the next one, is there? However far it might still be; fantasise, look up what you want to do next and where you want to go, and start dreaming.
Now let's get to work!
Q: are you familiar with the typical post-vacation blues? How would you handle it?