Ahhh the end of a vacation…it’s inevitable. As I’m ending my month-long winter break from college, it is finally hitting me that I have to go back to class. 🙁 And with this vacation coming to an end, I’m already feeling that post vacation depression.
While everyone else was feeling depressed about their vacation ending last week, it didn’t hit me until this week…my last week of freedom. I was cleaning out my room and getting around to organizing my Christmas gifts when bam, I broke down. Putting away Christmas gifts and decor made the idea become a reality, and I started sobbing. And you know what I do when I’m sad and crying?
Call my mom.
I know my mom isn’t the only mom that gives some awesome life advice, but this conversation really struck something positive in me. Don’t you just love how you’re so down in the dumps and one little conversation with your mom can turn your day right around? I love that!
So, with my mood being shifted, I thought I would come at you on this lovely Friday to share how to deal with post vacation depression. Regardless of what vacation you’re coming off of, whether it be a cruise, visiting family, or just time off work, this post will definitely help you.
Prevent Post Vacation Depression
If you know there are certain aspects about coming back to normal life that make you sad, try your best to prevent those as much as possible.
Leave a clean house
Personally, it stresses me the heck out when I come back to a dirty/ disorganized house after a vacation. All that relaxing I just did? Yeah, that went away when I stepped two feet into my house and realized how much stuff I had to do now.
After I’m done packing, I like to tidy up the place as well as wipe down anything that is dirty. While cleaning is never a fun thing to do for me, I know my post vacation self will thank me! Coming home to a clean house will help keep you calm and not want to turn back around and run out your door.Leave a clean house to prevent post vacation depression! Click To Tweet
Deal with Post Vacation Depression
Plan time to acclimate back to normal life
I seriously do not understand those that plan to return from a vacation the day before they have to go back to work. I get that you want to maximize your trip, but not having time to get used to being back home seems more stressful to me. While you might not jump time zones for your vacay, having a day or two to readjust back to your normal routine and sleep schedule is essential.
Tip: If you want to ease yourself back into your work life, try starting back to work on a Tuesday. This way you won’t be slammed with the Monday chaos as well as simply trying to catch up on the work you missed.
Don’t dwell on negative thoughts
Whenever I have post vacation depression it’s most likely because I dwell on negative thoughts. I always think about the fact that I’m not on vacation anymore and back to real life. While talking to my mom, she made me realize that I had so many things to be thankful for during this time off. Not only did I get a break from my stressful school work, but I also had loads of time to focus on blogging and spend time with family and friends!
A simple change of mindset can do so much to improve your mood after a vacation. Think about being grateful for having had such an awesome experience. Think about how the trip enhanced your life in so many ways.
Reevaluate your life
While post vacation depression is really a thing, if you’re truly unhappy with the life you returned to, you should take time to reevaluate your life. Being unhappy with your life is not something you should have to constantly deal with.
When thinking about your life at the moment, consider why you are feeling this way? Are you not feeling challenged enough at your job? Are there relationship issues in your life? Whatever it is, take a couple days to sit on those thoughts prior to making any large decisions.
If you’re still having these thoughts, you can also consider talking to people about your issues. I have a counselor that I visit whenever I need some outside perspective on things and find it so beneficial. Even just talking to your mom (like I did) or a friend can really help you analyze the situation.
Pump some jams
I used to looove to make myself go into an even deeper hole and listen to sad music when I was down. The problem with this? I never start to feel happier!! Whenever you are in a post vacation slump, trying jamming to some uplifting tunes to lift your spirits. There are so many playlists on Pandora or Spotifiy, that you have zero excuses to listen to the sad songs. 🙂Turn up those jams to make yourself happier! Click To Tweet
Plan for another exciting adventure
Whenever I feel down in the dumps, I like to think about what new adventure I can go on now. It doesn’t have to be far away or expensive, just something new to plan to take my mind off the old vacation. When you have something else to look forward to, looking back on your past vacation doesn’t seem so sad.
How long does it take you to get over post vacation depression? While everyone is different, I usually go through a week-long phase of depression, acceptance, and then feeling better.