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  • Getting Back to Work After a Vacation

    After the much deserved vacation that is full of fun and joy, returning back to the regular routine can distress many of us.
    While almost everyone doesn’t like going back to work especially after a relaxing and peaceful vacation, you should face the reality and do your best to adjust and be productive again. In order to prevent the post-vacation syndrome, you have to do a little bit of planning and accept that the vacation is over so that you can get back to the right mindset.

    Below are some helpful tips which will help you to resume your regular routine.

    • Return Home One Day Early: Rather than using your vacation time until the last minute, return back home one day early and rest at home. This will help you recover from your journey and run regular vacation errands such as unpacking your luggage, doing laundry and buying groceries. If you return on Sunday, you can also take Monday off so you only work for 4 days during your first week after vacation.
    • Scan Your Emails before Going Back to the Office: Many people spend almost their whole day going through their inbox after coming back from vacation. However, it would be more productive for you if you check your inbox the night before work and delete the spam emails plus mark the ones that need your attention. When you arrive at the office in the morning, since you know which emails you need to reply, you can make an action plan to address them.
    • Take Care of Your Eating Habits: During vacation, you eat out every day so preparing a home cooked meal for your lunch will help you feel that you actually returned back. A home cooked meal will also be good for your diet and prevent you from gaining weight. Some people gain weight during vacation due to the food they eat in restaurants so paying attention to what you eat in the office after vacation will help you go back to your regular weight.
    • Remember that This Is Not Your Last Vacation: If you have more time off and are able financially, planning another trip is the best way to overcome your post vacation distress. This way you have something to look forward to. If you don’t have enough money for another trip, you can start saving some instead of spending it here and there.

    Ceren Cubukcu is a top 5 bestselling author of Make Your American Dream A Reality: How to Find a Job as an International Student in the United States. She recently founded her consulting business to help more international students find jobs in the US in addition to her self-service digital event ticketing platform, Etkinlik Fabrikam (My Event Factory), to offer her webinars. 

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