Summer holidays are coming to an end, and while we may look forward to getting back to our own home, there is always a little bit of holiday hangover lingering: sleeping in, fresh air, and the sunshine are missed as soon as we walk through the front door and the laundry basket is overflowing. Reality hits! No one looks forward to the first day back at work with a crammed inbox, endless hours in front of the computer screen, and no end in sight to the long work week.
Get over your holiday hangover and make your relaxed state last a little longer with these 6 tips:
1. Change your bed sheets
As soon as you come home, change your bed sheets. Yes, that sounds weird. But one of the reasons we sleep so well at hotels is because of the clean, crisp sheets that get changed every day. Get that holiday feeling back by changing your bed sheets for your first night back, so you feel fresh and revived.
2. Go grocery shopping as soon as you land
Unpacking, laundry, and emails can wait! Go grocery shopping right away and stock up on all fresh ingredients. This way there is no temptation to start snacking on those unhealthy packaged boxes catching dust in your pantry or ordering in.
It’s no secret - plane air is extremely dry. Hydrate while you are on the plane by drinking at least one glass of water every hour. As soon as you get home, keep hydrating with water, flavored waters, and freshly squeezed juices or smoothies. This will help with jetlag and the general feeling of lethargy after traveling.
4. Go outside
Most of us spend a significant amount of our holidays outdoors in the fresh air. This is very different from sitting in an office 9 or more hours every day with hardly any sunlight hitting your skin. This means your Vitamin D production suddenly comes to a screeching hold, and that is directly linked to depression. So get up and go outside whenever you can. Walk to work or back home. Take a stroll at lunch time or maybe take a meeting outdoors. The more sunlight you can get, the happier you will feel!
5. Keep boundaries
It may be tempting to want to catch up with all your friends and co-workers as soon as you get back home, but it’s best to value your time after you return from your holiday. Say no to non-urgent meetings, so you have time to yourself to keep the relaxation going. Take time in the evenings to unwind and go to bed early. Keep the weekends free to do things you love.
6. Start planning your next holiday
There is no better way to get over one holiday, than to start planning your next one! Get online and research your next adventure. Having something to look forward to will make gloomy days so much easier to bear. I promise!