We’re landing, it’s late at night, dark, cold and gloomy – an appropriate weather perfectly describing my post-holiday feelings. An hour and half delay resulted in a plane full of grumpy tired folks. No one’s clapping this time, even though the pilot’s done a great job, smooth flight and perfect landing. We’re all tired. The seatbelt sign disappears above our head and as if done by a magic wand all of our phones start ringing at the same time with missed call notifications and unread messages. I’m looking around, keen to get out, a thought that goes through everyone’s head at the same time.
Welcome to reality, dear holiday makers. It’s about to start. The usual stress of our lives is about to hit us like a bus speeding 200m/h with no breaks. What did we think? That those 500 emails will read themselves and our day to day problems will disappear?
Welcome to reality, dear holiday makers. That emails box is just about to eat us – alive!
I travel a lot, that comes with a territory. Living abroad, away from my family, means I try to free up as much time as I can to spend most of my holidays in The Czech Republic. Whilst travelling to Czech is filled with happiness and excitement, returning back to the UK is a whole different story. It’s heartbreaking having to say goodbye to my loved ones so many times a year.
Regardless of where you’re coming back from, the sour reality always hits you hard. All of a sudden long gone are the days sunning it at the beach, climbing mountains, and of course partying with friends. Reality can hit you hard, that’s why I try to follow few of simple tips I learnt over the years on how to get over holiday blues.
Top 6 tips you need to know when returning from holidays.
Clean the house before you leave
No one likes to come back to a messy home and I’m no different. I want to come back to an inviting peaceful environment where I can relax and enjoy the last few minutes of tranquillity and harmony. I always make sure my clothes are washed and put away, there are no dirty (and by this time smelly) dishes. I don’t want to stress about the things I have to do, instead I chose to concentrate on relaxation.
Listen to your body clock
We tend to go on holiday tired and stressed and whilst we go there to relax, we often find ourselves enjoying every minute on minimum sleep. Whilst there is certainly nothing wrong with this (hell no), we come back often exhausted and tired. I don’t want you to stop having fun but try to listen to your body clock and try to stick to your pre-holiday rhythm. Don’t stay in bed till noon and go to bed in realistic hour. Your body will thank you for it.
Book an extra day off
Oh I know that holiday days are something special and we don’t want to waste them but if you can, book that extra day off at home to get over that post holiday spleen. Book yourself that extra time to settle back in when you arrive back home. Slowly ease yourself back into reality…
Arrange some Me Time
Do small little things that will make you happy to be back. Meet your friends for a dinner, have a ‘Me Time, pamper yourself, book yourself a beauty appointment or a massage or even stay at home and unwind.
I far too often land at midnight and go back to work very early the very next day – well hello emails and responsibilities – but whenever I can I book myself that extra day to chill out and relax.
I always love to exercise whilst on holiday. For some reason I’m full of energy and tend to wake up early in the morning to go for a run, something that would have to be forced back in the UK. Perhaps it’s the early sun or the fact I don’t feel pressured to do anything that I end up doing it all.
So if I book that extra day off to stay at home, I tend to go for a long run, somewhere in nature. Exercise helps me to look after my mental health and generally boosts my positive thinking.
Book new holidays or even a weekend away.
….or even book a weekend away shortly after. It’s hard enough to go straight back into it so why don’t you get yourself something to look forward to. I love weekends away in the UK, discovering new places, British towns, their hidden corners and in particular prettiness of the British character and scenery. Simple weekend away can fill me up with positivity and the right attitude. I’ve written about my weekend away in Ilfracombe here and it was the loveliest weekend in Britain so far.
Return to the hectic nature of everyday lives can make you feel distressed however it’s up to you, my dearest, how YOU decide to tackle it. What are your top tips on how to tackle post holiday blues? Let me know in comments…!!
…welcome to reality dear holiday makers, now let’s kick some ass!