I just returned from a glorious weekend in the Ozarks. Good friends, good food, good company, and okay, so not good weather, but we got done what we wanted to do and had a lovely, relaxing time. Yet coming home hit me with all the stress I’d left behind, and while a good night’s sleep brought back the mojo, I wanted to share the tips that I’ve used to find my vacation mojo again with you.
1. Use your memories. The day getting hectic on you? Then take a deep breath and envision yourself at the beach again (or whereever you went). Using this visualization will signal your body to relax, destress, and you can come back, feeling much more refreshed.
2. Use touchstones. Like your memories, these are physical reminders of your trip. Maybe it’s a pretty rock or shell, or maybe it’s a t-shirt, cap, or other manmade object. Whatever it is, make sure you use it often or look at it often. Place it in a prominent place in your home to help draw those memories.
3. Keep your vacation schedule. Some vacations are hectic, busy trips where you feel like you need time off to recover from your time off. But if your trip was on the ease and relaxed end of the spectrum, then see if you can’t undo your hectic schedule once you get home. Take time to relax in the evenings. Read a book. Do something for you.
4. Don’t go too long without your next vacation. Make plans to go back or for your next adventure. Time off will keep you productive and relaxed.
It may be difficult to keep your vacation mojo, but you can do it with a bit of planning and keeping your memories fresh.