Lets get down to it, we’re about 2 weeks into 2019 and I just have one question, who is still struggling to get back into their groove?! *raises both hands*
I don’t know if it’s that my holidays were extra relaxing this year or I’m just in denial that I’m back in freezing NYC (love you but hate your cold air) and have to put on a million layers every time I walk out of the house but damn it’s taken me some time to come out of vacay mode.
Luckily I’ve found some tips that are helping me to slowly but surely get back to reality and I just had to share with you guys ‘cause I know I am not alone in this struggle!
Take Your Time:
Yes, you read that correctly. You just got back from your holiday break, that doesn’t mean you have to jump into meetings, schedules, workout classes, etc right away! Before you can actually get back into your normal routine, take some time to re-settle. When you’re back from your trip give yourself a day to rest and plan a light week ahead. It’s important to not overwhelm yourself because this will only further your procrastination and give you 0 motivation to get anything done. Don’t feel bad about giving yourself a little buffer time!
Give Your Home A Little Refresh:
The best way to help you feel settled and back to “real life” once you’re home is giving your place a little sprucing up that way it feels refreshed. The first thing you should do, as annoying as it is, is unpack! I swear once you have your suitcase hidden away and all of your clothes and fav. beauty products back to where they belong you will automatically feel more organized and relaxed-there’s nothing more daunting than a suitcase filled with clothes just staring at you every time you walk in the door!LOL It’s also a good idea to change your bed sheets, open up your windows to let in some fresh air and maybe even buy some of your favorite flowers to greet you when you come home! I personally love buying new candles as well, they make my place feel so much homier and cozy!
Get Back On Track With Your Diet/Exercise Routine:
This may be the hardest part for most but it’s also a major part of getting back to your daily routine. You won’t feel totally like yourself until you’re back on track with eating right and getting some physical activity in! As great as going to holiday parties and chillin’ on the couch watching movies was, it’s time to get back to your regularly scheduled program! Before going full steam ahead, take a few days to catch up on sleep,refresh your home, then slowly start incorporating your favorite workouts into your schedule and if possible, go grocery shopping as soon as you’re able to. Going to get groceries is best done sooner than later because it will prevent you from ordering take out and making some bad (yet oh so good) decisions! Grocery shopping gives you control over what you’re buying and putting into your body. As soon as you’re back on track with your health commitments everything else will flow naturally. It’s all about a healthy mind, body and spirit people!
You’ve Got Mail:
Oh the dreaded email catch up! Ok so getting back on track with diet & exercise is hard but coming back to a ton of emails is scary! Maybe not so much scary as it is overwhelming but sheesh I break a sweat whenever I see double digits in my emails so imagine coming back to a post-holiday inbox! The ideal way to handle this is actually prior to taking your trip set up an out of office email which will help manage the expectations of those emailing you. If you forgot to do so don’t worry, you know you’re checking your email while on your trip anyways so might as well flag those emails you feel are important and delete those that are insignificant. When you get a free chance, get back to those emails that require immediate attention and if they can wait until after your vacation then prioritize them and reply later! Once you’re back in the office or working from home, tackle the most important emails and just know and accept the fact that you’re human and it will take a few days to get your inbox under control.
These are some simple yet effective tips to help you get back into your routine but I also want to share with you all a tip for avoiding those post-holiday blues because lets face it we were all living our best lives while we were away and now we’ll just be posting throwback photos with the caption “take me back!” because we never wanted our trips to end! To prevent yourself from wishing you were somewhere else than where you are currently, plan a few fun things for when you get back home! This can be anything from planning a coffee date with your girlfriends to catch up, treating yourself to a mani/pedi, signing up for that kick boxing class you’ve been wanting to try or even just setting aside a few hours to read a book! If you have something to look forward to you won’t have anytime to wish you were back on vacation so go ahead girl, get your groove back!