Those who don’t go on holiday very often are no doubt counting down the hours till you can get on that plane. Difficult days will be made more bearable just knowing that you only have a few more to get through till you’re sipping Pina Coladas and working on a tan.
But the only problem with that anticipation is the comedown that follows the moment your feet touch down on home soil. Let’s face it, coming back to reality can be a big old slap in the face.
You’d been looking forward to that holiday so much that you hadn’t thought about what happens when you return. What do you focus on next? What’s going to get you through the next month, or the next week?
You can soften the blow by making your home a nicer place to actually come back to. While you’re busy packing your suitcase and choosing sun cream, it may not feel especially inspiring to already be thinking about your return, but you’ll thank yourself in the long run if you leave your home clean and tidy. Have a quick hoover, do all the washing up and put clean sheets on your bed. When you get back from a long day of travelling, you’ll be really pleased to be back in your own bed with fresh sheets in a clean, tidy house. If you’re getting home late and the shops will be closed, also make sure you have some long life milk and a loaf of bread in the freezer.
Get some rest. Who’d have thought that sitting down for long periods of time was so tiring?! Even short haul flights take it out of you. If you can, allow for some down time when you return to help your body recover. Take it easy and drink lots of water. Stick on a hydrating face mask too, your skin will thank you for it!
When you’ve allowed your body and mind enough time to recover, make plans for your first weekend back home. I think it’s really important to have something to look forward to within the first week or two to negate those back-to-reality feelings. Meet a friend for a coffee, go to an exercise class or a local art exhibition. No matter how small, have something you’ll enjoy written in the diary.
Continue something that you enjoyed doing on holiday. Bear with me here. I know, I know, the thing you enjoyed was getting drunk while sunbathing on the beach in the roaring sun. Ain’t gonna happen on a rainy day in Hull, right? Let’s be realistic. Some things we can’t recreate. But there are some enjoyable things that we can. I spent loads of time reading books while I was on holiday last week and it made me remember just how much I love reading, I just haven’t been making time for it anymore. I can’t spend four hours a day reading now that I’m back at work, but I probably can fit in 20 minutes before I go to bed. I can make the time here and there.
If all else fails, book another holiday!