How to Go Back to Work With Energy and Enthusiasm
Vacations are important way to recharge, rejuvenate and enjoy life. Taking a vacation helps reduce stress, maintain your health and improve your general well-being. However, returning to work or school afterwards can be challenging.
The feeling we experience when returning to our normal routine of waking up early and rushing off to work is sometimes called "social jet lag". Symptoms might include: feeling sluggish, struggling to sleep, indigestion, loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, clumsiness, lack of energy and general fatigue.
Here are some tips on how to ease back into work while maintaining fond memories of your vacation.
Don’t skip breakfast
The mad rush of the morning pre-work routine makes it easy to forget the most important meal of the day -- breakfast. Start your day off with a breakfast packed with whole grains and protein.
Avoid sugar-filled pastries, that, while giving you a quick boost, can result in an insulin crash that turns your post-vacation workday into a slow slog.
Move and stretch
If you find your energy levels fading in the days following your trip, don’t simply brew a pot of coffee. Get moving instead. A quick walk around your workspace and some basic stretches can be reinvigorating. A bit of exercise gives you the boost you need to make it through the day.
Get your heart going and blood pumping to chase away afternoon fatigue following a trip.
If you're feeling tired and lethargic following your vacation, you may simply be dehydrated. Flying is infamously dehydrating, and this condition can last well into the next day following your trip. Drinking water ensures you can maintain better blood flow to your brain, which helps keep you active, alert and happy following your vacation.
Schedule an extra "recuperation" day
If you do a plan an especially active or hectic vacation, or if you're flying between time zones, you should try schedule at least one day to recuperate and adjust back to working life.
Spend this day doing laundry, preparing to go back to work, and just taking a rest.
Come back in the middle of the week
It's often cheaper to book a flight in the middle of the week. Afternoons seem to be the busiest for flying, so it's hard to find good airfares in the afternoon. On some short-haul routes, early mornings are also rush hour, as business travelers start their one-day in-and-out quick trips.
On top of that, it’s much less daunting to come back to work for a shortened week. You only have a couple of days of work to get through before another mini-vacation on the weekend.
Start planning your next vacation
One of the best parts about travel is not the actual travel itself, but the process of planning your trip. According to a study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, just planning or anticipating your trip can make you happier than actually taking it. Happiness increased during the planning stages of the trip because vacationers were looking forward to the good times ahead.
So, as soon as you get back from one vacation, start immediately planning for the next to keep up your momentum.
Where Are You Going This Fall?
Vacations are an important part of maintaining your health and your quality of life. This fall, why not plan a trip to Turks and Caicos? The Palms sits at the heart of Grace Bay, the world’s best beach. Whether it’s snorkeling, swimming, diving, or beachcombing, there is plenty of fun for all ages.
Indulge in a luxury Turks and Caicos resort vacation that leaves you re-energized -- contact us so we can help you plan your getaway.