10 Ways to Deal With Vacation Withdrawals

I was going to write a really long post today about saving money on a multi-family vacation, since I just got back from a 4-day trip with my siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and extended family of family. However, I just didn't feel like it! Now that I'm back at work for two more weeks, I just want to take time to recoup and lay out my feelings right now before I start getting overwhelmed again. Writing everything down here makes me feel better and more on top of things.

We stayed at The Westin and there wasn't a moment of free time. We went swimming almost everyday, boogie boarding at our beach BBQ, spent 15 hours at California Adventure and Disneyland, and drank every night. No one got any sleep...Exhibit A - my cousin passed out in the hotel lobby after a night of drinking by the pool. He was woken up by the front desk person around 4am asking if he needed a cab to go home. He told them his room was actually on the 5th floor haha!

Some pics if you're interested...

It was so much fun but I'm truly exhausted from all of the traveling I've been doing and lack of sleep. My vacations have been a whirlwind of craziness and I've been more active being on vacation compared to just working. I missed my routine and I missed going to the gym, but it was fun getting away and forgetting about priorities, real work, finances, the upcoming move, and the beginning of law school. Since coming back to work today, I've been having trouble staying focused. I'm blaming this on vacation withdrawalsI need to get back on track so here are a few things I'm doing to keep busy and to get my mind going again.
  1. Plan to plan - After being away for almost 3 weeks, my mind is all over the place. My to-do lists at work feel outdated. I feel out of the loop with everything - work, blog, twitter, school. I have lots of catching up to do so I'm planning to buy a planner for school, writing down ideas for blog posts, and going through a checklist before school begins. Or you can even start planning for your next vacay! =)

  2. Review your finances - While I've been away, I've been spending money. Not a big surprise since I've been planning to spend money, but I needed to review some recent transactions. I'm continuing on where I left off last week with my law school student budget and spreadsheets too (future post on that coming soon!). I also have a few medical bills that just came in and I need to take care of those - August is going to hurt. When my finances are in order (when I know where exactly my money is and what it's doing every single day), I feel much better and more on top of things.

  3. Reassess your routine - I woke up late today but I still made it to work 30 minutes later. It didn't matter too much, but I'm only giving myself a free pass today. Tomorrow, I'll have to come bright and early like I normally do at 6:30ish or 6:45ish. I pulled my calf muscle on the last day of the trip while swimming so I've been icing it since I got back last night. I wanted to get back to the gym today but I had to skip since I didn't want to tear any calf muscles further.

  4. Mentally prepare yourself - It's hard getting out of that vacation routine, so I totally understand where you're coming from. There's a lot of things that remind me of not having a set schedule and not being confined to my desk all day. Psych yourself up or do whatever it is that gets you back into that focused mood whether it's listening to music, updating your calendar, or making your favorite snack.

  5. Give yourself breaks - Along with #4, it's important to give yourself breaks. My body is still on vacation mode and it's funny how I'm so physically drained that my mind wants to shut off too. I'm normally a very productive and upbeat person, but today I'm just groggy and out of it. I'm taking a little more breaks than I normally do (like how I'm blogging at 2pm...I never do that!) and I'm perfectly okay with that.

  6. Look at pictures - Ever since I got home yesterday afternoon, I've been replaying a lot of moments in my head. I get really happy just thinking about all the memories I've made and the money and time that was well-spent with family and friends these past few weeks. Looking at pictures and videos that I took make me really happy and keep me sane.

  7. Talk to others - I've been complaining a bit to the BF about how much I miss my sister, brother, and cousins. It's actually helped a lot because he reminds me that I'll see them soon (I know, I'm such a sap). I've also been texting a lot of my family members just to make it feel like we're still on vacation. We all miss each other so why not talk to each other about it? Lol.

  8. Focus on your health - I'm not sure about you guys, but when I'm on top of my health, I feel awesome. Going to the gym and maintaining a good diet is one thing, but actually taking care of your health and doing the maintenance for your body is another. I have my next dentist appointment scheduled to get my permanent crown and I also am researching optometrists for my annual eye exam.

  9. Make lists - I'm a huge fan of lists. I only use my phone to make lists of groceries or for short notes, but for longer lists like for work, school, blog, life - I love writing them down on paper. I'm even writing a list on dealing with vacation withdrawals, so obviously writing lists is going to be on this list. Wow, I said list way too many times in this paragraph. Sorry!

  10. Stay busy - If it's not obvious yet, the key is to stay busy! We all need vacations to recharge and get away, but getting back on track is important so that you can work your butt off again to save for the next vacay.
What are your go-to techniques to fight those vacation withdrawals?


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