Maybe it’s the red eye flight I took on Sunday night (which allowed for a whole 2 hours of sleep) or maybe it’s the amazing vacation in Utah I just had. Whatever it may be, I just can’t focus on anything right now. My head is in a cloud!
It’s always so hard to return to ‘normal life’ after vacation. While there really is no place like home, it’s easy to get caught up in vacation mode and just forget about it all. Todd and I had the opportunity to ‘escape’ last week to some of the most beautiful places on the planet (more on that later) and I feel very lucky.
While in Utah, we didn’t watch the news once, I didn’t check my work email (ok maybe a few times) and we just completely disconnected from ‘normal life..’ It felt fantastic. Sure I missed home, but I didn’t miss the stress (really I just missed my dog).
It’s funny, as soon as the plane touched ground in Boston, my home, life all of a sudden became stressful again… we need to go grocery shopping, back to work, back to emails, the house is a mess, so much to catch up on… ahhh. Going on vacation makes you realize that life can get so repetitive, so mundane, if you let it. The days fly by, the weeks blend together… I find myself always wanting it to be Friday. And on Sunday when we got home, those feelings hit me again… I like to call this post-vacation depression. Kind of like the post-race blues feeling, I am definitely sad that my long awaited vacation is over. I don’t have any more vacations planned for the rest of the year, damn I’ve even used up all of my vacation time at work. While I am trying to be positive, it’s hard to come back from an ‘epic vacation’ all while sitting in a cubicle with harsh florescent lighting.
I find that after vacation, I’m always reevaluating my life, specifically my work life. Am I happy with my job? Do I need to do something more fulfilling? Can I find a job with more flexibility? a job where I am outside more? I don’t know what the answer is, but I wish I could figure it out! Until then, I will try and be happy with vacation being over and focus on the positive… like being able to cook my own healthy meals again and getting back into a training routine!
How do you cheer up after getting home from vacation?