So you’ve just returned home from the most relaxing, rejuvenating vacation in your favorite tropical locale. As soon as you step off the plane, the weight of reality hits and sadness floods your every pore. You want nothing more but to turn around and jet back whence you came! Sound familiar? If so, you’ve come down with a case of post-travel blues. Here are three ways to shake them off!
One of the most effective ways to counter negative feelings is to replace them with gratitude. You are totally allowed to feel sad and mourn the conclusion of your vacation. But instead of living in the past and allowing those emotions to linger, celebrate the present. Center your thoughts on your silver linings. Even if you can’t muster up a long list of unique reasons to feel grateful, start with the basics. If you have a roof over your head, food to eat and people who love you, dwell on those gifts.
Explore Your Own State
Although filling your passport with global stamps is a goal worthy of pursuit, your own backyard is undoubtedly brimming with untapped adventure. If your lack of travel has you feeling down in the dumps, get out of the house and unearth some fun. Ask around, or consult the internet, to find exciting sights and wonders within driving distance. Use your weekends to become a local tourist. Doing so will help quiet any leftover sorrow from your most recent vacation.
Start Planning Your Next Trip
Last but not least, to get over your last trip, start planning your next. Travel plans can take a lot of time and research to complete, so the sooner you start, the better. Turn your attention to outlining savings plans, itineraries, and must-see sights. By staying busy, your next vacation will be around the corner before you know it.
It’s common to feel a bit depressed after experiencing such a euphoric break from reality. In order to let go of your post-vacation blues, you may need nothing more than a focus shift. Take a week or two to decompress, catch up on sleep and transition back to normalcy. However, if the three tips above don’t help and your depression feels long-term and more severe, it’s time to talk to someone about what you’re feeling. Click here for more helpful resources.