While many of us try to maximize holiday time by coming home the day before work starts, this can be rather stressful, and does not give us any room for grounding ourselves back in the work zone of life.
Instead, schedule your return with an extra day; this gives time to unpack, pick up a few essential groceries, and get a day to adjust back into everyday life and surroundings. Perhaps even take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood and take it all in. Listen to familiar sounds and take in the different smells and sights.
If you have time, use it to get a quiet, uninterrupted jump on emails, which can lessen the impact of that first day back in the office.
Adjusting to your work or school schedule can be hard when coming back from a trip. However, if you give yourself a day or two to adjust to your normal routine, you can make that transition much easier.
Don’t book anything for your first day in the office. Block off the time in your calendar, your coworkers will know that you are available but it will help stem the tidal wave of outside inquiries, or at least lower the expectation of an immediate response.
Take the time to scan your calendar for the next couple of days, to get an idea of upcoming meetings, due dates, projects and other concerns.
Instead of working on the first item that crosses your path, make a conscious effort to prioritize your work.
Bring elements of your holiday with you on your return!
If you really enjoyed the cuisine on your trip, make a point of learning to cook dishes from that culture at home. Perhaps buy a few herbs and spices before you leave, or a good olive oil!
If you loved hearing and speaking a foreign language, commit to taking language classes and maybe meet other people sharing your interest.
A couple of photographs or a beautiful souvenir can remind you of the fun time you have had, and can also help ease of stress when seen in your everyday surroundings.
A great way of carrying a part of the holiday with you is a wearable item, a piece of jewelry, a scarf, a bag or a belt, anything that is appropriate to purchase, and to bring back to your own home country.
By infusing your home life with elements of your trip, you can keep the excitement and sense of discovery alive.
Treat yourself to a peaceful welcome home!