The Post-Vacation Blues. They are brutal. You enjoyed yourself on your vacation, probably had nice weather, and then the harsh reality of returning to the grind of work can be utterly depressing.
Some ways to beat the blues:
1. Relive the trip through photographs.
I absolutely love taking pictures. I wish I could take a photography class and really learn how to use a fancy camera.
One of the best parts about a vacation is reliving the experience through the photos. I ordered a bunch of prints from Kodak.com and when they arrived I happily organized them in a photo album and also hung a few photos in my cubicle at work.
2. Eat food that reminds you of your trip.
After eating some Southwestern and BBQ food in Tucson, I was determined to try a few recipes that reminded me of it.
I found a few recipes I want to try:
Yum! My mouth is watering at all these recipes. Plus if you’re like me, you probably eat out more on vacation. And it’s food that’s not normally in my diet. So it’s a nice thing to eat familiar, comfort foods are home. Especially if on vacation I wasn’t eat much in the way of veggies…(And no French Fries don’t count!).
3. Start planning your next trip!
Michael and I have a few vacations planned for 2011. The next trip we’re hoping to do is Vegas. It’s been way too long since we’ve played in that playground.
4. Start a new project!
After reading Julie & Julia on my trip to Tucson I decided that I wanted to try a cooking experiment: French cooking. But since I’m trying to keep those pounds off, I’m determined to figure out “lighter” ways to recreate Julia Child’s recipes. We shall see how I fare.
5. Take a Mini Break
After I got back from Arizona, the one thing I really wanted to do was visit the beach.
6. Continue Regular Fitness and Food Habits
Getting back on track with normal food, routine workouts are important too. It’s nice to take a break from the routine on vacation but it’s crucial not to completely abandon the healthy ways I established before the vacation.
It was a pretty seamless transition for me after vacation. I took one day off and then started back with my workouts. It really helped stave off the blues.
QUESTION: How do you keep the post-vacation blues from plaguing you?