You just got home after the vacation of a lifetime and it’s your first day back to reality. Things are going surprisingly well! You have so much to do: unpacking, grocery shopping, laundry, etc. You conquered the return to the grind and you have a lot of optimism as you go to bed that night.
And then … you wake up the next morning and you can’t hear the subtle crash of waves against the beach or the soft zip of a Vespa driving by. Oh. You’re home. And that’s when depression sets in. Sound familiar? Don’t fret. We’ve all been there. It’s a hard slump to get out of, but here are a few fail-proof ways to cure that nagging vacation hangover.
Photos are your life raft.
They will save you. Seriously. Scroll through your camera roll and tell yourself, “It actually happened. It was real.” Set your favorite as your home screen and then choose a few more to print. They’ll be constant reminders that some day, you’ll be there again.
Find your LBD.
Chances are you selected your travel clothes very carefully. Wash and wear, wrinkle resistant clothes that are cute, but don’t make you feel like a million bucks. So scavenge your closet and find the one outfit that you’d never take traveling and go out on a date. See? There are some perks to not being on vacation.
Be best friends with your DVR.
Your favorite shows are like part of the family. You missed them while you were gone. Catch up while you recover from jet lag – it’s a winning combo. And speaking of best friends …
Plan a GNO (Girls Night Out).
If they’re good friends, they’ll let you drone on about your amazing vacay and show them 200 photos of the same beach sunset. Plus, you’ll be able to catch up and remember that you can’t go on a permanent vacation because you’d just miss them too much.
View your home through the eyes of a tourist.
Anything is possible when you look at it from a different angle. Google the best places to visit in your hometown or city and make a list. Spend the day pretending like you’re a tourist and see things with a fresh set of eyes. The best part? You get to go home and sleep in your own bed.
Start planning your next vacation.
Pinterest boards are your best friend. Buy every copy of Islands, Travel & Leisure, and Condé Nast Traveler. Dream big and plan the trip of a lifetime as though there are no limitations. It might not ever happen, but it’s fun to think about and will help you continue the high of a vacation state of mind.
It may seem like you’ll never get back into the swing of things, but give yourself some time to mourn. After all, saying goodbye to a vacation is basically like bidding adieu to the last vestiges of peace and relaxation you’ll have until the next one.