The New Years parties are done, the Christmas tree is coming down and the menorah is put away. It’s time to get back to school, back to work and return to reality. I often find that with the return to normalcy, the post holiday blues can pop up as well.
In the past, when I came home from a vacation or trip, I would find myself moody and sad. When I was still an associate, returning home or back to work after a vacation was really difficult for me. Because I didn’t enjoy my work, I would dread going back and it would put me in a funk for days. Now that I really enjoy my job and what I do every day, returning from vacation has become a lot easier (thank goodness).
Whether or not you love your job, work from home or are just getting back to reality after some time away, there are some things you can do before you leave to make coming home easier, less stressful and to keep the post holiday blues at bay.6 Helpful #Tips for Beating the Post Holiday Blues #mentalhealth Click To Tweet
6 Tips on How to Beat the Post Holiday Blues
Prepare Yourself Before you Leave
I like to set myself up at work before I go away. I’ll spend time going through my to do list and writing down what I’ve done and what I need to finish when I get back. By creating a to-do list before I go, I’m taking out the guess work of where I need to start when I get back. I also find that knowing where I need to start helps me get into the swing of things. It’s so much better than spending several hours when I’m back reviewing my work and trying to remember what I need to do next.
Give Yourself Extra Time
If possible, I prefer to return from vacation a day or two before I’m scheduled to go back to work. This way I’m able to spend time doing laundry, going through mail, paying any necessary bills, etc. without rushing back to work.
It’s also helpful for R to have some time to settle back into being home before returning to school.
Have you ever used this service? I use it every once in a while and I think a great time to start is when you’re heading home from a trip. If you have wifi where you’re vacationing you can order the groceries while you’re still away and they can be waiting for you when you get home.
Checking one more thing off your to do list when you get home definitely makes returning home a bit easier.
Leave your Home Clean and Organized (as much as possible)
This is a big one for me. I hate coming home to a disorganized and messy house. I do my very best to clean up before we leave. This way, when I come home I don’t get overwhelmed.
My house doesn’t need to be perfect. As long as there’s some order, and stuff isn’t all over the place, I’m ok.
Schedule a Fun Event for when you Come Home
When I was working at my previous job years ago, I would book myself a massage or pedicure for a week or two after returning from vacation. Having something to look forward to really helps me beat the post holiday blues and get excited about coming home.
Whether you buy tickets for a concert, pick up a great book to read or make plans with a friend, making any sort of plans to look forward to when you come home can be really helpful.
Start Planning your Next Holiday!
We do this a lot now. Since we know R’s school schedule and when he has vacations, PD days, etc. we try to plan trips and getaways in advance. This also helps E and I get excited about planning our next trip and think about what we have to look forward to.
What are your tips for beating the post holiday blues? I’d love to read them in the comments!
For more travel tips check out these posts:
- Secrets to Travelling with Kids
- Tips for Stress Free Travel without your Kids
- Our Tips for Visiting Disneyland with a 4 Year Old
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