5 Ways to Help Beat the Post Vacation Blues
You just returned home from a fabulous vacation…Now What? Post-travel hangovers can leave you exhausted, unmotivated, or blue (if not all three). The emails start to pile up, stress rises and suddenly it’s as though everything feels ho-hum again. Here are 5 tips that we use that may help ease your depression.
1. Unpack and put everything away as soon as you get home.
There is nothing more depressing than walking past that pile of travel items that still needs to be dealt with. This includes wash! We try to pack all of our dirty clothes together so when we get home we can just take the suitcase to the laundry and get it started right away. Once everything is in its place, I feel like I can focus on other things without these reminders of what I still need to do.
2. Have a couple meals ready to eat for when you get back.
Most likely you will be tired and trying to catch up at work and home from your vacation. Having a meal in the freezer, ready to pop in the oven means I have one less thing to worry about and can make “real life” a little easier to ease back into. Soups, crock pot meals and casseroles make great freezer meals.
3. Plan a special night.
Cook or go out for a meal that reminds you of your vacation. Spend time going through the pictures or videos you took. Watch a movie that relates to your vacation. Taking time to do something vacation related will bring back some great memories, extend your vacation a bit and can enhance your mood. After I returned from Italy, I taught myself how to make gnocchi and watched Under the Tuscan Sun.
4. Bring a vacation souvenir home.
Souvenirs can remind you of the fun time you had and help to relieve stress and anxiety after returning from a big trip. Having my coffee in a special mug I brought home helps make the morning a little brighter. Other fun souvenirs could be jewelry, photos, a wine glass, or a Christmas ornament. – Yes, I have one of these banks and it reminds my of London every time I put a coin in it.
5. Begin planning your next vacation.
There’s no better way to cure a travel hangover than to pull out a map, do some research and get excited about the amazing adventures to come. On the final night of our family vacation, we talk about some of our favorite moments from our trip and places we would like to visit next. This helps us end our vacation on a positive note and gives us something to look forward to.