If there is one thing every human on the planet can agree on, it’s the idea that you need a vacation after a vacation.

Basically, there are two possible ways to return from a trip…

Sometimes you come back TOO relaxed, and other times you come back completely frazzled and exhausted. Either way, it can be difficult to get back into “work mode.”

So, let’s talk about how to get back into the swing of things after a break.

How to Recover From a Vacation

Set Yourself up for Success Before You Travel

Before your skis ever hit the slopes or your toes ever touch the sand, you need to prepare your business for your absence.

Here is a brief checklist of things to do before you leave:

  • Alert your clients that you’ll be away. And don’t allow yourself to feel guilty for taking time off!
  • Tie up loose ends on any current projects. It’s okay if you don’t finish every little thing before you leave. Take a look at your deadlines and finish up anything due before you return. The rest can wait.
  • Talk to your team about expectations while you’re gone. Leave clear instructions on who is handling what so your team isn’t scrambling to divvy up tasks.
  • Clean up your workspace. Trust me, you will thank yourself! When you come back to a decluttered, well-organized office, it will be easier to dive back into your responsibilities.
  • Leave yourself a priority list of to-dos for when you return. This will alleviate the overwhelming feeling of “where do I even begin” when you get home.

Schedule in Some Recovery Time

I learned years ago to always travel Friday to Friday whenever possible. Sure, it may cost you an extra two days hiking in the mountains, but having those two days to recover is well worth it. You can unpack, unwind, and psych yourself up for the harsh reality of Monday morning.

Acknowledge Your Mental Distraction

You just spent a week on the beach, relaxing and drinking a frosty beverage out of a coconut. Your mind is clear, and you’ve got a killer tan. But maybe this trip was too good.

How to Recover From a Vacation

No matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to focus on the task at hand.

It’s okay, don’t force the issue. Acknowledge that your brain is craving a bit of that vacation magic and allow yourself to enjoy it for a couple minutes.

Go ahead and sit back in your chair, close your eyes, and bask in the memory of the sunshine. Hear the ocean waves. Smell the Banana Boat suntan lotion.

Feel better?

Now, take a deep breath and get back to work. If you try to force your brain back into 100% work mode right away, you’ll end up frustrated, and you’ll accomplish nothing.

Start Planning Your Next Vacation

I believe that half the fun of a vacation is the anticipation. You spend weeks or months (or longer!) researching, planning, and booking your trip. You count down the days, and the excitement grows and grows. The night before, you have butterflies in your stomach, and you can hardly sleep.

Finally, it’s departure day!


​Aaand… you’re back home.

​It’s an amazing phenomenon.

So, what’s the best way to get over the post-vacation blues? Start planning your next one! You start the excitement all over again, and you don’t mind getting back to work because you already know your next adventure is around the corner.

How do you recover from a vacation? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments section below!

Marie McDowell

Marie McDowell

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I am a working mom with a degree in Business Administration. My career passions include hunting down pesky commas and exploring the dark underbelly of Microsoft Word. I live to edit and edit to live!
Marie McDowell