I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
I must say, I feel pretty accomplished for making it through a 6-day work week last week. I mean, I just got back from vacation and had to work 60+ hours. That is some major #adulting right there if I do say so myself! I also managed to work out 3 days (this is huge for me). And if you saw on Insta Stories, I also decided to start a new project (my urban balcony garden).
Memorial Day weekend officially/unofficially kicked off the start of the summer just two short weekends ago. Summer vacations are and always will be my favorite. However, I’ve found since being in the “real-world” aka working a full time job post college that it’s hard as hell to get back into a groove after a trip. That post-vacation struggle is REAL!
I’ve finally found a few tricks that work for me in beating the post-vacation struggle. I really made sure to put them to use after this last trip to Austin and they really WORK! If you’re anything like I used to be, it takes you a whole work week to get back into your normal routine. You’re really just surviving and not thriving, and to me, that’s the worst feeling. And besides, ain’t nobody got time for that!
These tips should help you get back into your groove and BEAT the post-vacation struggle that we all get.
No. 1: Leave yourself a day in between getting back from vacation and going back to work. I’ve done it far too many times where I get back from a week long vacation on a Sunday night and have to be to work the next morning. I find that to be way too stressful and sets me up for failure the entire week.
No. 2: Change your linens and towels before leaving. Is there anything better than a freshly made bed?! I don’t think so! Just think of how wonderful it will feel to come home and crawl into your own bed that’s so fresh and so clean-clean. I also swap out my towels and fold them nicely so that it almost feels like a hotel bathroom when you get home.
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No. 3: Clean your home and do laundry before leaving! There is nothing worse than coming home to a messy house and a bunch of dirty laundry. Who really wants to come home to chores that need to be done?! I know I don’t.
No. 4: Meal plan and pre-order groceries for when you arrive home. You guys…I just did this one on my last trip and it was LIFE CHANGING. I pre-ordered all my groceries for the week to arrive in the early afternoon on Sunday (I got home late Saturday night). This allowed me to meal prep and get everything situated for the upcoming week. It truly made the biggest difference to getting back on track for the week. BONUS: I didn’t have to go to the grocery store myself. #winning
No. 5: Treat yourself one last time (or two). You know that day you left inbetween getting home and going back to work? Get yourself a mani/pedi. How nice is it to go back to work freshly manicured?? I feel like a new person whenever I get my nails done.
No. 6: Schedule a happy-hour (or two) for during the week. One of my favorite parts of vacations is really enjoying happy-hours. Scheduling one or two into your week post-vacation will make transitioning back into real-life more enjoyable if you have something to look forward to.
No. 7: While you certainly can’t sip mai tais during the work day you can sip on infused water or La Croix. Or better yet, infused La Croix.
No. 8: Pamper yourself with a face mask or bubble bath to help keep that vacay relaxation feeling going. Bonus points if there’s wine involved.
I hope you all find these tips useful as you take your own summer trips! Remember, you can apply these tips to a weekend getaway or a week long + vacation!
Cheers to a productive week ahead, Friends!