You know the you who is relaxed, carefree and glowing? The you you become when you’re three days deep into a vacation, and your only worries are whether your next drink will be a mimosa or a mojito? Here are a few tips to extend that you into your life once the vacation is over.
Have you ever heard the phrase “I need a vacation from my vacation”? Make sure to pencil one in. Give yourself an extra day at home when you come back from your trip to decompress, unpack, sleep off jet lag and prepare yourself for the coming week. Even doing a couple of chores around the house helps ease you back into your routine.
If the idea of diving back into daily life is daunting, take a step back and create a workspace that is as tranquil as the morning you did beachside yoga. Do away with any looming clutter and rearrange your items to make way for to flow. Even if you don’t subscribe to the tenets of feng shui, organizing can help to calm anxiety by removing the distractions your eyes are naturally drawn to, aka clutter.
While the selfie you took during your ziplining excursion received over 200 Instagram likes, don’t relegate that photo to the digital space! Get your favorite photographs printed and framed. We are exposed to so many images on a daily basis that it’s easy to lose track of the moments that really left a mark on us. Every time you look at that photo in your office or cubicle, you’ll be brought back to the day it happened.
One of the best things about going on vacation is the opportunity to experience new flavors. No need to bemoan the fact that you’ll never have that incredible ceviche, jerk chicken or green smoothie again. Bring that flavor back with you! Explore the local spice markets and pick up your new favorites. If you didn’t get to the local market while you were vacationing, don’t worry. Amazon delivers too. Your Sunday meal prep will never be the same.
Creating a vacation playlist is the ultimate way to bring you back into your vacation mindset. If you’re traveling with your friends, make a shared playlist through Spotify or Pandora and rock out whenever you’re getting ready to go out for the evening. Be sure to add destination-specific hits, so you can reminisce whenever you play those songs back home.
Whether you’re bringing back the most memorable pieces of your trip, or preparing yourself and your space for a smooth reintroduction into reality, there are plenty of little ways to make sure your vacation glow outlasts your time away. What are your favorite ways to get back into your day-to-day while keeping a part of your vacation-self?
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