Tuesday, May 14, 2019

How To Recharge After A Vacation Or Weekend Away

If you read yesterday’s post, then you probably already know that this past weekend was one filled with out of town activities that meant I didn’t get to do my typical weekend to-dos that help me feel prepared for the week ahead. Since summer is soon to begin which typically means a bit more traveling than you may be used to, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the ways I’m able to prepare and recharge so that the week after being out of town doesn’t feel too terribly out of routine. 


Prep Food Ahead Of Time (and stock up on groceries)
There’s nothing worse than coming back from vacation only to realize that you have an empty fridge with nothing to eat. I wasn’t the best about remembering to overstock on groceries the week before, but I did think to cook and freeze some of the food I had prepped previously so making dinner and lunch for the first day back at work wouldn’t be as much of a chore. 

Unpack Immediately & Start A Load Of Laundry
If I’m honest, I don’t really like packing or unpacking. I always overpack which means I end up having lots of clothes to put away when I return. I also don’t like clutter or a messy room so having a suitcase or tote bags strewn about my space isn’t exactly relaxing either. I have tried to get in the habit of unpacking immediately when I return from a trip and start a load of laundry right after I’ve finished unpacking. If you’re not as motivated to unpack right when you return try purposely making a mess of your suitcase and what you need to unpack since you will be less likely to leave your stuff all over the place when you do this and in turn will unpack sooner. 

Check Your Email Before Going Back Into the Office
Hopefully, you didn’t spend your whole vacation checking your email and let your out of office do most of the work while you were gone. If you are in a job where there will be lots of emails waiting on you, comb through them before going back into the office to make it a bit less stressful. There’s no need to necessarily respond but having at least seen what’s waiting on you will make adjusting back into your routine more manageable.

Go To Bed Earlier Than Usual
After traveling, I am always tired. My schedule is off and going to bed earlier than usual before heading back to work is my first line of defense when it comes to recharging. I like to put on a favorite pair of pajamas, heat up this neck pillow, and take a cup of tea to my room and read before bed as an attempt to make myself more relaxed and sleepy when I feel like I’m going to have trouble falling asleep. 

Make A Realistic To-Do List
I am a huge list person, and there’s something about writing down the things I need to do that helps me feel more relaxed before actually doing them. I am also the type of person who writes down just about anything that needs to be done which helps to motivate me as I tackle the list once I am back at work. 

Keep Plans Directly After Returning To A Minimal 
You don’t want to overcommit yourself when you know that you’re going to need time to readjust after being on vacation so try not to schedule too many activities once you arrive back. Give yourself the time required to get back into your routine and then make plans to look forward to once you feel recharged! 

What do y’ all do to recharge after a vacation or a weekend away?

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