We’ve all been there. Whether it be taking time off work or a school vacation, going back to your regular schedule can be hard after being out for a week.
This was my first paid vacation from work and I loved every minute of it. Leaving cold Michigan for a warmer North Carolina was not a hard sell and my parents babied me the whole time.
Everything has been great, but going back to work and normal life leaves a bittersweet feeling. Here are a few tips on how I am embracing getting back to normal.
I purposely got a flight home earlier so I have the rest of the day to mentally prepare for the work week coming. This is essential when returning from a long break. Cleaning, wiring down, and making a plan for the week will help you not feel overwhelmed.
- Get Plenty of Rest
This vacation has totally thrown off my sleeping pattern. For the past week, I’ve claimed 2am as my new bedtime and now I have to pay for it. Getting back to a regular sleeping pattern is a must, so getting plenty of sleep the night before work will help reset that.
- Eat a Healthy Meal and Exercise
With my mom being 8 hours away, I’ve longed for her cooking! (Her biscuits, fried chicken, and chicken dumplings to be exact). She cooked every day I was there and my so called “diet” was a thing of the past. When returning home it is important to eat a balanced meal (light on the carbs/fat) and to continue my exercise regimen.
That week between Christmas and New Year’s is always a drinking fest. Between the spiked egg nog, holiday cocktails and champagne, I was clearly buzzed for at least 85% of the week. Hydration is the key! This will help release the many toxins you’ve consumed and your body will love you for it.
I know this is the point of a vacation, but sometimes you need a “break” from your break. I personally find that having some time to reflect and gain mental clarity will do you a world of good in the end.
Well these are my tips for getting back to normal. What are some other things you guys might do after a long vacation? Comment below!