Holiday Hangover

There are certain terms and saying that you pick up easier than others living in a foreign country. I think it depends on how often you hear them and how often you say them to locals. I am now quite keen to saying “holiday” instead of “vaction” (and on saying “quite keen”– probably because that’s a common thing to talk about with people- where they went on holiday, where they’re planning on going on holiday, where I’m going on holiday. Where as I still say “yard” instead of “garden” because I simply don’t talk about my yard/garden very often. And I’m a total sucker for alliteration so “Holiday Hangover” really suites me.

Dreaded Holiday Hangover

Dreaded Holiday Hangover

There are certain terms and saying that you pick up easier than others living in a foreign country. I think it depends on how often you hear them and how often you say them to locals. I am now quite keen to saying “holiday” instead of “vaction” (and on saying “quite keen”– probably because that’s a common thing to talk about with people- where they went on holiday, where they’re planning on going on holiday, where I’m going on holiday. Where as I still say “yard” instead of “garden” because I simply don’t talk about my yard/garden very often. And I’m a total sucker for alliteration so “Holiday Hangover” really suites me.

I love to travel! Until I get home from traveling. And then I kinda hate it. So quickly you forget all the great experiences, fun, and relaxation and are tired and cranky and have a to-do list from hell and are surrounded by piles of laundry. Readjusting back to normal life after a vacation is the worst. And it’s never going to be fun, but you can take some steps to make the transition a little easier on yourself. These are my 5 steps to beat the Holiday Hangover.

  1. Schedule an extra day to recoup. Poor E- he never gets this. I on the other hand, almost always do. But back in the day I didn’t and it sucks. It costs so much to fly abroad and you want as much time as possible on vacation…but if you plan an extra day after you return home off of work and without any plans you’ll be in such a better place to return to the real world. Travel is exhausting in general, but odds are you’ll be pretty tired from your trip in general and you’ll have to unpack, do laundry, adjust to jetlag, take naps…ya know. Now after a holiday or even after a guest (or guests) leave, if I can swing it, I have one full day of doing nothing. I don’t really leave bed. And it’s amazing.
  2. Prepare before you leave. Look at your calendar for the week you return. Plan out meetings, time to unpack and do laundry, and just your overall week. Something that’s really helpful that I do is meal plan for the week we return before we even leave. I make a grocery list and depending on timing, I even pre-schedule my groceries to be delivered.JetLag
  3. Get moving. After a long holiday, the last thing I want to do is go for a run or get to the gym. You’ve been off your normal schedule and maybe you’re jetlagged. But the evidence is in, getting active helps you acclimate better and faster. Even better if you get some fresh air and natural light at the same time, but a class at the gym is better than nothing to get your circadian rhythms moving.
  4. Stay on the straight and narrow. Getting back to working out, to cooking at home and cutting down on the sauce is hard. But in truth, my body welcomes to chance to go 24 hours alcohol free (because who doesn’t drink more on holiday?) and eat some greens not covered in butter. Maybe even do some meditation and/or yoga if you’re feeling ambitious.  And then you’ll be able to lesson the days of abundant consumption and the effect it has on your waistline.
  5. Plan your next holiday.  Because not having anything to look forward to after being thrown shaking, cold and wet (at least in Scotland) back into the real world is hard. Treat yourself with something to look forward to. Maybe not a full blown trip, but something fun (a new hike, a trip to the coast, whatever) on the horizon to keep you going.

    Next 'big' trip: The Northern Lights in Norway

    Next ‘big’ trip: The Northern Lights in Norway

What are you tips and tricks to get you back on track after a vacation?

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