“I’m back from vacation and feel like I need another vacation,” said the sunburnt zombie unpacking their suitcase.
This has happened to me countless times. Sure, I had 7 days without work or doing laundry, maybe even spent the whole time laying in the sand, but somehow I return feeling even more drained. Can I get an amen?!?
If you can relate, then I’ve got some tips for you. After a busy trip exploring San Francisco, Yosemite, and Napa Valley, I came home surprisingly energized and refreshed. Putting these tips into action paid off. Give ‘em a try for your next vacation!
1. Let “THE PLAN” always be a rough draft.
Take naps if you need them or go on a walk if that’s what you need. Listen to your body and adjust your day as you go. Also, be ready for a detour. Look for places to explore that weren’t on your agenda and feel yourself expand with energy as you revel in the unexpected moment.
2. Repeat an activity!
If you find a coffee shop you really love, go back, or re-visit a restaurant. Maybe you take a nice walk early in the morning on the beach. Repeat it. Repeating something brings this special familiarity that reminds us of how we feel when we’re home. I find that the second time doing something, I can connect even deeper to that activity and to the moment. It leaves a strong imprint and often becomes my favorite memory.
3. Take time to yourself.
It is easy to disconnect from ourselves when we’re busy on vacation or surrounded by family. It’s that disconnection from who we are that plays into the weariness we feel when we return. No matter how busy your trip is find a moment to be alone. Even 3 minutes, if used with intention to breathe and connect, can be really powerful!
4. Invest in the “regular” you.
This is one of my favorite things to do to keep me connected and even launched back into my normal routine. Download some podcasts or read a book on a topic that’s relevant to what you are learning in life. For me, I listened to podcasts on teaching yoga and how to be authentic on social media. On my way home, I found some cool ones on marriage. Whatever it is for you from mindful living, work-life balance, reaching goals, or balancing mom-life, find a way to invest in making your regular life more beautiful. When you get home, you will feel empowered to bounce back into being you!
5. Break a sweat.
Let’s never underestimate the power of exercise. Go for a run or do a yoga class, maybe follow along with a workout video. You’ll get that boost of endorphins that we all just need when we’re out of our routine. Plus, making time for exercise also means that you get a second to yourself. Yay!
I love going for a run or bike ride at the beach to counteract how dehydrated and drained the sun makes me feel. On our California trip, we were walking all over the city so we signed up for two gentle yoga classes. My husband who is only a mild yoga fan even said, “I’m really looking forward to the hour on my mat later. I want some time to stretch and just be still.” That’s right, he knows, exercise can be so effective to stay energized.
6. Jump back into community!
It’s easy to come home from a trip, feel tired, and think you just need alone time to recuperate. This might be true, but it also can lead quickly to a feeling of isolation. So, get something on your schedule and meet up with girlfriends. Reconnect with the relationships that bring you joy.
7. One cup of coffee never hurt anybody.
When it comes to needing energy, caffeine always has our back. Praise! So, if you return from vacation and end up feeling like that sunburnt zombie, go get an iced latte and love yourself well through the vacay recovery!