The worse thing about holidays? When they come to an end. Now I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of holidays this year – Corsica and Turkey, and if you’re anything like me, you may be suffering from the holiday blues right now. You can’t stop dreaming about breakfast buffets and the warmth of the sun on your skin, right? So I thought it would be a good idea to think about some ways in which I can combat the blues … and share them with you.
- Book another holiday. OK, this isn’t always (financially) possible, but it doesn’t have to be a round-the-world, all expenses type trip. (Although how nice would that be?!) The UK has a lot to offer and I think it’s just the sense of having something to look forward to that helps me cope with the blues. So maybe a night out in London, or a weekend in a Peak District cottage? Whatever fits your budget.
- This might seem a strange one but it’s a good idea to focus your energy on something positive and redecorate. Hopefully the sights and colours you’ve experienced on your last holiday will give you some interior inspiration. Think the blues of Santorini or the lavender fields of Provence. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for this type of thing.
- Fresh air. When I come back from holiday and land back to the UK, I find myself stuck indoors a whole lot more – whether that’s for work, or because of unpredictable weather, I think it’s important to make the effort to ensure we get some natural daylight. So even if we can’t spend the day sunbathing by a pool, maybe a brisk half hour walk with the dog round the block will help your mood. (I need to buy a dog though first!)
- Change your routine. It’s easy to get into a rut, we all do it, but try and resolve to do at least one new thing a week. It will lift your mood no end. I like to try new foods and visit new places … even if that’s only in my home town. But you could learn a new skill or start dance lessons – I’ve been known to salsa and street dance (don’t laugh!) so whatever floats your boat … a change is as good as a rest and it will keep you from moping around.
- Visit friends. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like seeing my friends to lift my mood. Show them your holiday photos and relive those memories over a glass of Prosecco or two.
- Treat yourself. Make sure the first thing you do when you get back from your holiday is something nice, like a special meal out with your family, having your nails done, getting a massage or making/eating chocolate cake – they all work for me!
- And finally, try and accept that without the occasional lows, you can’t have the highs and it will take a little time to get back into the swing of things. Remember the little things. Enjoying a BBQ during the last of the English summer, hiding from the kids for half an hour to read a book in the bath, or having a picnic at your local park, just enjoy life as best as you can.
If you follow all of my top tips, you’ll be counting down to your next holiday in no time.