Today, as I’m sipping and typing, I’m working through aspects of post-vacation blues.
Do you ever take that opportunity to go away for the weekend for relaxation and fun with friends, but then when you return you feel like you’re so behind? Why do we put this pressure on ourselves?
Time away, connecting with friends and family, having fun, and resting…these are all critical to our mental and physical health.
There is one key thing I have to accept to get over post-vation blues: household chores will always be there waiting for me. Who cares if the dusting and vacuuming doesn’t get done this week? There will be more next week. I do enjoy a clean home, but I can cope with less than perfection.
Then there’s the work responsibilities. Everyone needs a weekend break and I find most people understand if there’s a short delay. Now, I’m not saying my clients and their needs are not important. They are! But work without play causes burnout and poor work production.
So, as I return from a weekend away, rather than give in to post-vacation blues and the angst of what I didn’t get to, I’m going to choose to hold onto a state of calm. As I enter my office, I will work hard, return phone calls, and bring care to those I visit with today. However, I will continue to remind myself how important it is that I not be stressed and that I model this to my clients.