Avoiding the Post Vacation Blues

I recently read an article about a troubling reality: vacation doesn't actually make us happier. It's an interesting concept, because maybe we just feel happier while we're on vacation, but immediately digress back to our original unhappiness the minute we step foot in our homes. Maybe there's something we can do to help deal with those crap-I'm-home-now blues.

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It's simple, there are a few things that can be done pre-vacation to make post-vacation much easier. These may be things that people already do, but, when I go on vacation in August &mdash I will not leave home until these few (very important) things are done:

&bull Clean the house: It may seem like the absolute last thing on earth you're going to feel like doing before you leave for vacation, but I always keep this in mind. You're going to be pretty upset when you arrive back home from your tropical vacation and you're most definitely not going to feel like cleaning (especially if you have pets, because they'll have left a plethora of things to clean up).

&bull Laundry: Make sure all of the laundry is finished and there are clean sheets on your bed. You've been used to the daily turn-down service at the hotel and it'll feel wonderful to walk into your clean room with fresh, clean sheets calling your name after a long flight.

&bull Groceries: Non-perishable, of course. Make sure there are things to drink (even just bottled water) and other non-perishable items in the house. You might be hungry when you get home, or may even want to cook breakfast the morning after getting home. You probably won't want to run to the market first thing.

&bull Rest Day: If you're afforded the luxury of ample vacation time, or just say the heck with it &mdash add an adjustment day! If you're returning on a Sunday you're going to need Monday to recoup before returning to the office.

For even more tips, check out Covering All the Bases Before Vacation

What do you do to avoid the post vacation blues?

Images: High Road House, Layla Palmer

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