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Vacation Recovery
September 23rd, 2010

Upon inquiring how a friend’s travels went, how many times have you gotten the reply “I need a vacation to recover from my vacation”, or something along those lines? I know I’ve uttered this phrase more than once. I often find that I keep myself just as busy on vacation, if not more so, than I do in my day to day life at home. Why? Because I don’t want to miss anything! As I figure I’m not the only one in this boat (no pun intended for you cruisers), I thought I’d share a few tips of how I’ve managed to return from vacation and still able to function at work that week. And before anyone says it, no, vacation is not, in fact, my work. At least not all of the time.

Getting there: I can sleep pretty well almost anywhere. Anywhere, that is, except on a plane. This means that on every trip requiring an overnight flight, I land in my destination with maybe two to three hours of sleep if I’m lucky. It’s not a matter of not being tired. It’s a combination of the time difference (even though it’s morning when landing, it’s usually middle for my body clock) and the fact that nose-to-knees isn’t exactly my favorite sleeping position. For me, it’s critical to make up my sleep within the first few days. coque samsung galaxy a5 There are variety of tips out there for overcoming jet lag. boutique en ligne nike My choice is to just go to bed incredibly early – usually around 7 or 8 PM – and just make up as much sleep as I can the first night. fjallraven kanken big backpack purple Whatever trick you use, make up this sleep early on. If you have a trick for getting more sleep on the plane, that works as well. uchia custodia iphone x tyui4251 If you recover from the lost night early on in the trip, you could be running on a deficit until you return home, which doesn’t exactly make for a restful vacation. fjallraven kanken classic backpack un blue

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Take a break: Beach destinations have a built-in break, which is fantastic. If you’re destination doesn’t include much in the way of sand and lounge chairs, it might be tougher to slow down your pace. fjallraven kanken classic backpack royal blue ox red It’s these trips, though, where it’s imperative to take a break. I generally pick a day somewhere in the middle of the trip where I allow myself to unwind. coque samsung galaxy a10 nike air max I don’t set my alarm clock (yes, I set an alarm on vacation. nike soldes game of thrones targaryen custodia iphone x tyui9257 I really don’t want to miss anything), and I spend my day doing something relaxing. It might be that I just sightsee at a more relaxed pace, or I might choose to sit at a cafe for a few hours where I can drink coffee and people watch. Sometimes I take advantage of the hotel spa. Whatever it is, give yourself a day, or at least a half day, in the middle of your travels to rejuvenate. cover iphone 11 korra It will increase your energy for the second half of the trip, which is when most people start to drag.

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Eat and drink responsibly: Sure, vacation is a time to let down your guard and kick up your heels a bit, and often times this comes in the form of food and drink. fjallraven kanken mini backpack sand There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the local cuisine, beverages and nightlife. coque samsung galaxy s10 But as you’ve heard countless times with just about every aspect of life, “everything in moderation”. sky blue fjallraven kanken backpack big If I notice by day five of my trip that my breakfasts have consisted solely of chocolate pastries, my afternoon snacks of beer and my dinners of pasta and gelato, I also usually notice that my pants are a little tighter and my energy a little lower. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max luffy and brother chibi Z0951 Case Give yourself some leeway in your dietary habits, but if you don’t show some restraint, you’ll inevitably regret it upon return – not only in your closet and your wallet, but also in how you feel. fjallraven rucksack no 21 medium lake blue The kind of eating and drinking described above may lead to dehydration, high or low blood sugar and depletion of vitamins and nutrients. This certainly isn’t the ideal condition for getting back into the swing of things when you arrive home.

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The trip back: It’s tempting to end your trip with a late-night hoorah as a final celebration of your vacation. cover custodia case iphone 11 N2959 bts wallpaper 10zG8 This may result, however, in feeling less than pleasant on the return flight, and once again you are dealing with the jet lag and lack of sleep you did when you began your trip. cover custodia case iphone 11 N0915 d gray man wallpaper 13zS7 Enjoy your last night, but try to get some sleep and start preparing your body for the day to day at home. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max tokyo ghoul kaneki Z2369 Case I also always return a day or two before I go back to work, which allows me to take some time to rest up and get my bearings.

Post-vacation blues: It’s not uncommon for the high of vacation to leave you crashing down when you get back to “reality”. One of the ways to deal with this is to take a little vacation back with you. coque iphone 12 pro max cover custodia case iphone 11 C2352 dark vador wallpaper 14nO2 No, not the sand from the beach or the plants from the gardens, customs will stop you for that. Instead, remember what about vacation made it so enjoyable. hot cars custodia iphone x tyui6162 If it’s that you gave yourself more time to relax, try doing this when you get back. Take some time each day to do something for yourself. If it was the culture or cuisine, try to find a way to recreate this. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max Barcelona Club Football L0116 Case Discover a recipe or a restaurant that reminds you of your trip and go for it. If it’s missing the people you traveled with, make extra time to see them or talk to them. If it’s simply vacation itself, start planning your next, even if it’s more daydreaming than an actual plan. Trust me, it helps.

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