How To Avoid A Post-Vacation Slump

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It’s your first day back from vacation. You’re expected to pop back into the office refreshed, well-rested, bright-eyed and ready to dive back into the routine with a renewed spirit. For some, this is the case... at least for the first few hours. For others, the thought of returning to the office after a weeks’ reprieve is too much to bear. So how do we keep from jumping off the deep end when that dreaded Monday morning rolls around?

Stop for a moment. What’s really bothering you? Taking a few quiet minutes to get to the root of the problem can help you approach it with a clearer mind. Don’t want to wake up early? Try to prepare for your day the night before so you’re less stressed in the morning. Anxiety about catching up on a pile of paperwork that’s been accumulating on your desk for a week? Take a deep breath, and take it one step at a time. Prioritize and tackle the important tasks first.

Throughout the day, check in with yourself. Close your eyes and go back to a happy moment from your vacation. How did you feel? Peaceful? Excited? Try to get back into the moment.

On a recent trip to the Caribbean, I thought to myself countless times “THIS is the life.” Not because I was at a beautiful resort with a stunning ocean view and no deadlines to worry about (although that certainly helped). It was because I woke up each morning with a smile on my face. I indulged in a big plate of fresh fruit at breakfast. I soaked up the sunshine. I stepped outside my box. I was active in ways other than my usual spin class or 5k. My wellbeing was my number one priority.

We don’t need to be on vacation to do any of those things. Self-care should be a top priority all of the time. Wake up with gratitude, have a delicious, nutritious breakfast, get some fresh air and sunlight. Do something you wouldn’t normally do. It will get you through the nine-to-five with a much lighter spirit.

Finally, start planning your next adventure! Maybe your vacation for the year is over but that doesn’t mean the fun is over too. Plan a girls’ night, a day trip or even a weekend getaway. Having something to look forward to always makes life more enjoyable.

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