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Ridding Yourself of Post-Vacation Blues

By Stephen R. Farris

With the summer months coming up, that means one thing: where to take a vacation?

After months of working hard and battling those long commutes to and from work, there's nothing more relaxing than taking a week or two off for a vacation. 

Vacations can help relieve our stress, both physically and mentally. Besides that, it gives us the opportunity to explore different places, or travel back to our favorite destinations such as the beach, or mountains.

While deciding where to vacation may be the easy part, it's the coming home afterwards that can make us sad and depressed.

However, there are certain things you can do in order to lessen post-vacation blues once you return home and to work.

Clean Your House

There's nothing more depressing (well, sort of), than to come back home from a vacation to a messy house. Sure, we may whip through the house like a tornado gathering up everything we need to go on vacation, but you may need to take a little time before heading out to clean the house a bit. You can even go as far as sweeping and mopping, making sure all the dishes are washed and put away, the trash is taken out, beds are made, bathroom cleaned, etc. so once you're home again you won't have to handle those chores.

Extra Time

One of the hardest things about returning from vacation is having to go back to work the following day. If possible, return a day or two ahead of time to give yourself a chance to unwind before returning to work. The icing on the cake is that you also have a clean house you don't have to mess with either!

Relax Often

Hence the term vacation also includes taking time to relax while on one. It's understandable that you'd like to take in all the sites you can in a week's time, but you should also consider giving you and the family a break. Try taking one or two days to do nothing but relax, or get up early and take in a site then go back and chill for the remainder of the day. 

In Reality

A vacation can help with your mental and physical relaxation, but in reality, you really should include some downtime along with your sightseeing activities. After all, wouldn't you rather be happy for a few weeks afterwards versus being down in the dumps as soon as you return?

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cedar Hill, Tex.

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