Ok, so you’ve just gotten back from a great trip and you have to get back to reality.
Here are some strategies I’ve found that really help me get back at it.
+ Clean your home
All the way down to the vacuuming and dusting. Get all those stray dirty dishes popped into the washer, your laundry cleaned and put away, and take this opportunity to get all the little random bits and bobs back where they belong.
Nothing helps me more than getting my house in order.
+ Go grocery shopping
I always aim to eat healthy while away, but in reality that doesn’t always happen. So, when I get home I am always rejuvenated to go get a healthy plant heavy grocery haul.
And it’s just another step to getting everything in order at home, which once again does so much to make me feel better about being back and at it again.
+ Tick off some to-do’s
Go through your mail or other things you’ve been avoiding. I took the chance Sunday morning to sit down and order a few things I needed offline including a new bullet journal and accessories for that (yay!) as well as a sunrise simulator alarm clock (more on that in a bit). I also ordered a new credit card seeing as I lost mine in Avignon while there (I think I threw it away).
+ Add in a habit or element discovered during trip
One thing I really noticed during this trip was how little I was on my phone, computer and such. And it was amazing! I always like to think I can disconnect myself, but it’s so nice to be forced to sometimes. So, I’ve been trying to carry that forward now that I’m home.
Other things I do more of when I’m traveling: I read more books (so I went to the library), I have more adventure (Michael and I went rock climbing last night) and I came home with a renewed desire to meditate and journal more.
+ Accept the weather of where you are
It’s hard, especially when it’s 30 degrees colder, but I’m making a conscious effort this year to accept the cold weather and make the most out of it (snuggling into cozy slippers, blankets and all things warm).
Right after I got back in town I went and bought a few candles, a new sweater and sweatpants and snuggled into my house.
Another thing I’ve done to help with this is ordered a sunrise simulator alarm clock for Michael and I. And it does exactly what it says. It mimics a sunrise in your room, and I can’t wait to get it because I can tell a big difference between waking up when there’s light out and when it’s still pitch black.
+ Visit family and friends
I went and saw my sister and nephew the day after I got back, I had a nice long phone call with my mother the day I got back, Michael and I hung out with a few friends last night and I’ve made plans to get together with a few friends this week.
+ Indulge in what did you missed while you were away
What I missed most were things like work, my own space and a routine. I really savored the first moments of getting back to work this morning, I was very aware and conscious of being in my home and therefore wanted to spruce it up and take care of it.
+ Take some time to pamper yourself
I steamed my face with a warm washcloth, exfoliated it, put a hydrating mask on it and lathered my entire body with avocado oil after soaking in the bath surrounded by candlelight.
It was magic.
I always fell a bit worn down and rough at the edges after traveling so it’s nice to take some time out for myself to get me back to 100%.
+ Alter your schedule
I love using travel as an excuse to change things up.
For example I love being able to make the most out of jet lag and wake up earlier than normal.
What do I went to spend more time doing, less time doing?
Overall, while I love traveling, I am so thankful that I love coming home. But when I get home I like to hit the “refresh” button and do all these things before digging back into my day to day life.