You’ve had the trip of a lifetime. The sun shone everyday, accompanied by a cooling sea breeze, drinks were plentiful, the bags under your eyes disappeared as you got in eight hours every night topped up by a siesta pre dinner. Now you’re back in front of a computer screen, on your company intranet, looking at how many days leave you have left for the rest of the year, or worse looking at your notice period because the rat race really isn’t for you and life isn’t meant to be lived in one place. If only those responsibilities, direct debits and general adulting weren’t so pressing eh?!
Holidays are a great way of escaping the day to day of adult life. We are our best selves on vacation and why wouldn’t we be, everyone is much more gorgeous and a hell of a lot happier with a dose of vitamin D and no work for a couple of weeks. Whilst we might take it as a given that the crash landing back to reality will be difficult, there could be something else that is making the readjustment to home life that much more distressing.
Here are some tips and tricks for pre and post vacation to implement to make the transition easier.
Love your home!
This is advice for before you go and when you get back. There is nothing worse than coming back home to things left undone and in the chaos of getting yourself flight ready it can be easy to whisper that dreaded phrase ‘I’ll do it when I get back.’ Future you, that is you that has decided to pack it all in and open a bar on the beach in Barbados and leave the rat race behind, no she is going to be even more underwhelmed by the prospect of going home when she realises the bedding hasn’t been changed and the washing is still in the sink. Leave home as you wish to find it, welcoming and relaxing, you’ve had respite, you do not want to come back to chaos. Once back, sprinkle home with bits of your holiday. Photos or trinkets from where you’ve been will keep those memories alive.
Document your holiday
That is photos, journalling, drawing – let your creative juices runneth over. The great thing about creating these tangible assets of your holiday is that you have them to refer back to. It’s bitter sweet but I know that I would much rather be able to place myself firmly back on a hammock in the Algarve than listen to my boss harp on about Love Island (I lied I can do both, but I prefer the former).
What is about home that is making you blue?
Yes, holidays are great and a means of suspending ourselves from everyday reality but if you are dreading coming back home, could there be something more to it? Work, relationships, a crisis of confidence? It could be time to reset some boundaries. This doesn’t need to be confrontational, making small and manageable changes can make all the difference. You are the architect of your life and happiness, taking ourselves out of our normal routines can allow us the head space to come back and regain control in our lives.
Take the best bits of your holiday self;
What is it that makes her so much happier and full of life. It could be the relaxation… okay it definitely is the relaxation but take your best bits and bring her home with you.
With the greatest will in the world it’s always going to be hard to get back into the humdrum that is modern life. So ensure you have something to look forward to, it might not be two weeks in the Caribbean but catching up with friends, getting your nails done, a fresh cut and blow dry or even a home cooked meal but have something lined up you missed out on whilst being away.
And if that fails, get online and start planning your next adventure.