Ahhh, the trip is now officially over. We had a great time, and I’m sure you did too. Now we need to somehow jump right into our routine. Honestly, all I want to do is sit down and relax. With everything that went into planning, driving there, enjoying the time we had, and making it back safely there really is nothing I want more than to sit down and snuggle with my hubby while we catch up on our favorite t.v. programs.
So why can’t that happen? Who says we have to jump right in? Just don’t! Having ADHD already makes me a bit different, so why try to be “normal”. I like to take some time and just unwind. Here are some things we always try to do to make our transition back into the everyday more manageable and pleasant.
Take the Day Off
Yup, that is right, I said take the day after your trip off. I know you are thinking that we already took the day before the trip off, so why take another day? The reason is that jumping right in is hard. This is supposed to be a vacation right? So let’s make finishing our vacation just as relaxing as our vacation was. By doing this we are able to be in a good mind-set to start the first work day after our vacation on the right foot, with a good attitude.
You just got back from vacation, so you probably do not have much in your fridge. I know we don’t, and honestly if we did I still wouldn’t want to cook. There may be some of you out there that find cooking relaxing and want to get right back into having home cooked meals. That just isn’t us. We do not eat out that much, so having the day off from cooking is a real treat. Have frozen waffles for breakfast, maybe quick sandwiches for lunch, order a pizza for dinner, and by all means use paper plates. Keep it simple. This keeps you from having lots of dishes to jump right into and be able to just relax at home.
Unpacking is no fun. The car is most likely overflowing with added things you brought back from your vacation. Trash bags filled with empty snack wrappers and lots of bags to unpack. So where do you start? You start with one piece at a time. I like to make sure I have a big hole in our entry way to pile everything that needs to come in the house. Then we get everyone involved and just go at it. James and the kids usually are the runners getting everything out of the car and I stay inside and make piles of what needs to go where. The laundry would go in one pile, the bags in another, the leftover food in another, etc. This makes picking up much easier when everyone is inside and ready to go. Everyone’s bags go to their rooms and they are responsible for emptying them. Ultimately it is a team effort. By working together we are able to get the car emptied out and things put away much quicker.
The dreaded vacation laundry. Just get right on it and get it done. You have taken this first day back off, so you can relax and I know doing laundry isn’t relaxing, but it is much better than getting into your routine tomorrow behind on laundry. Remember you aren’t cooking today so enjoy the time between loads and just get that laundry taken care of. This one thing will make going into tomorrow (the first work day back) so much easier.
How do you handle coming back from vacation? Do you have any other tips to make handling the aftermath of vacation easier? Comment below, I’m listening.