Wow, this Disney trip really snuck up on us! Never mind the fact that we go every year at nearly the exact same time, it just never fails that I find myself slightly scrambling to get everyone ready to get out the door.
As excited as we get to go on these fun trips, I used to sort of dread coming back and the amount of work that comes with that and the inevitable post-vacation blues that settle in while we play catch up.
The big key to dealing with post vacation blues is to prep in advance so that they never become an issue! Over the last couple of years, and several trips with the boys, I feel like I’ve gotten much better at preparing for both leaving and coming back, so I wanted to share some of my top tips and things I do so that vacation is more enjoyable and coming back is less stressful!
5 Essential Tips to Deal with the Post Vacation Blues
Make a Plan
At the beginning of the week before we leave, I get my calendar and write 3 things I can do every day to prepare for our trip. I do this for both my work calendar and my personal calendar in hopes that I can get a little bit ahead on work, while still being prepared at home. This time, my personal list included things like taking the dry cleaning in, pre-ordering the kids’ Halloween treats for school and breaking down chores into different days. This makes it far less overwhelming and also helps me not save everything for the day before we leave!
Call in Help with Dinner
Or really any meal! We like to leave the house with a pretty empty fridge, which means we have zero food when we get back. Before and after a trip, we’ll usually order Freshly to be delivered for us (and make the kids their usual meals). Not only does it simplify dinner time, but it practically eliminates clean up. I also work on a Shipt order while we’re traveling home (or right before we head back) and plan it to be delivered at a convenient time so we can restock with healthy food and be ready to get back into our routine.
Plan for “The Week After”
We get so into getting ready to leave that sometimes you don’t think about getting back. I try to take a good look at our calendar for the week after vacation well in advance. While I may not know everything, I know I can have a snack purchased for Special Helper Day, a Taekwondo uniform washed and ready or a little bit of extra work done on a school assignment that’s due when we get back. Even just those little things can make a difference on your post-vacation stress level.
Enjoy the Memories
While I don’t post a ton on my social media when we’re on vacation, I try to take as many photos and little videos as I can while we’re on a trip. We always find ourselves grabbing a glass of wine and taking time to go through our phones when we get back and laughing at photos we didn’t realize we had even taken, or forgotten about. I always say I’m going to make a scrapbook at Snapfish or something when we get back from a trip, but I’ve yet to try that even once – thank goodness for Facebook and Instagram!
Give Yourself Something to Look Forward To
It’s so easy to get into a slump when you get back from a trip. This time of year going into winter can be a little tough when we’re coming back from lovely warm weather into cool (sometimes gloomy) days. So, make yourself some plans you know you’ll enjoy when you return. Maybe that’s a date night, a workout class or a fun family activity. We plan on going to the pumpkin patch when we get back and it’ll hopefully be something that’s fun for the kids, keeps them active but still helps us get into a more normal routine.