As soon as the plane tires screech to a halt on the runway, suddenly our looming responsibilities smack us in the face. How can those sun-soaked beaches and carefree afternoons reading in the sunshine feel like such a distant memory already? If your precious vacation often leave you with a heavy hangover, feeling like you could really do with another, here are the fool-proof strategies you need to combat the blues…
Plan a buffer day
Don’t throw yourself straight in the deep end. Especially for fast-paced city dwellers, it’s going to take a bit of time to adjust from “island time” and get back into modern life. If you’re coming back on a long-haul flight, resist the temptation to head straight to the office to save your precious vacation days, and book a buffer day instead. This will allow you to unpack, do some laundry, catch up some sleep and maybe that new Netflix show you missed too. It’ll make the first day back so much easier to manage…
When you go from the only agenda being to “have fun”, to work deadlines, bills and all the other responsibilities that come with life, the reduction of general joy is a shock to the system. Avoid feeling too sad about normal life by making plans to look forward to. That can simply be a Thursday night catch up dinner and drinks with friends, or a fun Saturday out exploring your hometown.
Get Back to The Best Bits of Routine
Getting back to normal life doesn’t have to be such a bad thing. It usually means you can get back to feeling your best thanks to some form of healthy routine; be that regular exercise, good food or just general self-care. When you’ve had some time of your favourite weightlifting class or morning run, you’ll appreciate it more.
One of the biggest factors in post-holiday blues is jet lag. After all, nothing kills that glorious holiday glow more than being too tired to function. Our top tips? Avoid alcohol and coffee, and no matter how little sleep you got on the plane, resist the urge to sleep until at least a semi-normal time of the day when you get home. And don’t push things too hard, it’s a good idea to take it easy while your body adjusts to the new time zone.
Use some of your buffer day, or time spent waiting around at the airport, to get organised so that life feels a little less overwhelming when you get back. Organise your inbox in a pressure-free environment, order a food shop to get delivered, and plan out your weekly schedule. No-one wants to be dealing with 100 unread emails, an overdue bill and a lack of toilet paper at home during your first day back at work.
Sometimes it’s best to just get off social media. Avoid scrolling through other people’s exciting trips and comparing your normal life to their adventures. Remember, you were that (slightly annoying) person a week ago, posting photos of the beach on a Monday morning whilst everyone else was at their desks.