5 Ways to Chase Away Post-Vacation Blues

by Alli

5 Ways to Chase Away Post-Vacation Blues has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Feelinvigorated #FeelGlade #CollectiveBias

I recently returned home from a 2-week vacation in the Caribbean and I have to admit that I’ve been moping around a bit, feeling a bit blue and trying to come up with a plan to live on an island permanently.

Am I the only person who hates to see vacation come to an end?  I’m almost like a kid when it comes to having to pack up and go home.  I get all misty-eyed.

Chase Away Post Vacation Blues

After all the planning, securing great deals and then actually enjoying the crystal clear water, lazy days on the white sand beach, snorkeling, boating and every color of blue imaginable, it can be difficult to snap back to reality.  I have a plan that guarantees an end to post-vacation blues and it will work for you, too.

5 Ways to Chase Away Post-Vacation Blues

Chase Away Post Vacation Blues

1.  Turn Up Your Favorite Music

My favorite music happens to be the oldies music I grew up with – 70’s & the 80’s!  Don’t judge me. It’s feel-good music and I can belt out those lyrics just like back in the day.  It may be off-key, but that’s OK.  You may even catch me doing the funky chicken.  Who remembers that dance?

2.  Exercise

I’ll be the first to admit that I over-indulged on freshly baked french macarons and homemade mushroom, spinach and cheese-filled ravioli while vacationing.  It’s high time to get back into the exercise routine.

There’s nothing like taking a walk to chase away the blues!  When we exercise, our body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins.  Just remember to ease back into your exercise routine.

3.  Light a Glade® Candle

Chase Away the Blues with Blue Odyssey Candle from Glade®

Scents Impact Feelings

Did you know that scents impact feelings?  After exercising and taking a shower, it’s time to get invigorated and back to reality, so the first thing I do is light a Glade®  Candle.

I’m all about that smell, so having my Glade® candle burning while I work on projects or when I’m trying to meet deadlines is a must.  Glade® Blue Odyssey Candle is new and exclusively at Walmart. Besides the amazing scent,  it’s a larger candle and burns up to 60 hours.

In no time at all, I’m jotting down new ideas and getting back in touch with my creative side.

Chase Away the Blues

Chase Away Those Post-Vacation Blues

4.  Make a Scrapbook or Digital Photo Book of Your Vacation

Glade® Blue Odyssey Candle fuels my passion and creativity, so this is the perfect time to create a scrapbook or photo book of my vacation while it’s fresh on my mind.  I’ll always be able to look back at my vacation with fond memories when I flip through my photo book.

5.  Enter to win a $500 Walmart Gift Card

Don’t you just love to win stuff?  I do!  Winning the Glade® Blue Odyssey Candle Sweepstakes would really chase away those post-vacation blues!  One grand prize winner will receive a $500 Walmart Gift Card.  I could do some serious shopping at Walmart!

I’m not the only person who’s feeling invigorated. See what others are saying at www.feelinvigoratedfeelglade.com. What are some ways you chase away post-vacation blues?

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Robin Rue (@massholemommy) August 6, 2015 - 7:29 am

I chucked when I read this. We go to Disney World every year and without fail, me & my to boys end up in tears as we drive away – despite the fact that we’re regulars there. LOL.

Alli August 7, 2015 - 8:07 am

I’m usually exhausted when we leave Disney and need another vacation. 🙂

Christy Maurer August 6, 2015 - 7:39 am

These certainly are great ways to chase away the blues period! It is hard coming home from a great vacation…not only because of the “I’m not on vacation” feeling, but also all of the laundry and unpacking!!

Alli August 7, 2015 - 8:06 am

Yes, unpacking is such a chore!

Jeannette August 6, 2015 - 8:24 am

Making a scrapbook of your vacation so you can revisit it in your mind is a great idea! It’s always so hard for me to come back to reality and these tips will be very helpful!

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly August 6, 2015 - 10:19 am

I may have pouted quite a bit when I had to return home after my first visit to both Cancun and San Francisco. I may have also plotted ways to go back for good. Sadly they didn’t materialize and I am still in NYC battling with frigid winters. Heck if that candle can really transport me back to the tropics I may need to buy a CASE of it! 🙂

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle August 6, 2015 - 12:30 pm

I love these tips. The only bad part of a great vacation is missing it when you get back home. Great article.

Breanna August 6, 2015 - 1:04 pm

I love this list – especially the candle! I totally suffer from post-vacation blues upon our return home. This is a great way to help!

Megan Elford August 6, 2015 - 1:43 pm

It’s always a bit of a letdown when we come home from a vacation too. Loads of laundry, having to get back into the work and school routine … it’s a drag! I love these ideas though, I’m going to try them next time we come home!

Alli August 7, 2015 - 8:04 am

I love when the resort has washers and dryers in the unit. Unfortunately, the one in St. Maarten did not, so I did come home to piles of laundry. 🙁 But it was worth it.

Liz Leiro August 6, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Eek – so jealous of your 2 week Caribbean vacation! Ever since I watched Pirates of the Caribbean the first time I’ve been dying to go see the pretty blue waters in person. 🙂 I love how you incorporate favorite hobbies and activities in your “get used to being back home” plan. (And candles are absolutely a weakness of mine! I’m going to have to head over to Walmart and sniff these!!)

Alli August 7, 2015 - 8:03 am

I saw where parts of the Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed when I was in St. Lucia last summer. I was thrilled!

rika agustini August 6, 2015 - 2:28 pm

great tips! we don’t have any vacation this year but we visited Caribbean 3 years ago. Absolutely loved it. Stunning beaches and warm water

Cara (@StylishGeek) August 6, 2015 - 6:00 pm

I returned from a 5-week trip to Europe and I really did not have time to get the blues (even if I wanted to) because work was piled up waiting for my return. SOB! 🙂

Alli August 7, 2015 - 7:58 am

Yes, that works does pile up! I would love to spend 5 weeks in Europe – dream vacation!

Liz Mays August 6, 2015 - 9:02 pm

I’ve definitely had this kind of blues before. These are great ideas for readjusting and making your time at home more of a vacation.

Katie August 6, 2015 - 10:28 pm

I love scented candles and it is a great tip to cure vacation blues. I have a 15 month old though so I must say while I enjoy vacation life is easier when she is in her own environment especially nights so I am happy to be home.

Alli August 7, 2015 - 7:57 am

Kids do like their routine and I remember the relief I felt when we were back home and in a normal routine.

Crystal Nell August 6, 2015 - 11:36 pm

I remember when we came back from a week in Cozumel. It was very hard being back and not relaxing on the beautiful beach. I know exactly how you feel 🙂

Alli August 7, 2015 - 7:56 am

It seems vacations just fly by, don’t they?

Joanne T Ferguson August 7, 2015 - 12:08 am

I think everyone experiences post holiday blues Alli! I love the idea of the Glade candle! I have one sitting next to me right now!

Annemarie LeBlanc August 7, 2015 - 7:27 am

Isn’t is so true that you get some sort of separation anxiety when you leave a place where you had so much fun in! I agree that aromatherapy (like lighting a scented candle) can help relieve the anxiety.

Ourfamilyworld August 7, 2015 - 10:25 am

I feel exactly the same way. I never want to do anything for days and I would have to push myself really hard to get back on track. These are great tips!

lisa August 7, 2015 - 11:53 am

These are great ideas. I can’t wait to make a scrapbook of our Disney memories for my kids. We had a great time.

Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey August 7, 2015 - 11:54 am

Don’t we all wish that vacations never end? LOL I share your misery and these are great tips you have laid out here.

Ann Bacciaglia August 7, 2015 - 12:20 pm

I always get the blues when i get home from a trip. I will have to try these tips next time i travel.

Michelle | Divas With A Purpose August 7, 2015 - 1:12 pm

This is a great list! It is definitely hard to get back into workmode after a wonderful vacation. I’m pinning so I can reference after my upcoming vacay …. YAY!!!!

Rebecca Swenor August 7, 2015 - 3:51 pm

These are all great tips for chasing away the post vacations blues. Scents do have an impact on our emotions. I haven’t tried this Glade candle so I will have to pick one up. Thanks for sharing.

CourtneyLynne August 7, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Ahhhh I hate the vacation blues!!! Only if life could be a never ending vacation lol… These candles sound pretty fabulous. I will have to check them out!

Jesica H August 7, 2015 - 9:17 pm

I hate the unpacking, and being tired, and feeling like you have accomplished nothing as your head off to work after an amazing vacation! It is probably best to schedule a vacation to recover from a vacation!

Tiany August 8, 2015 - 1:26 am

Great list! I too am one of those that cries every single time we leave Walt Disney World but I also feel like I need a vacation from the vacation by the time I get home! LOL

Chubskulit Rose August 8, 2015 - 11:20 am

I don’t really get vacation blues. After several days in vacation, I always want to go back home and relax lol. Thanks for the tips though.

aly mashrah August 8, 2015 - 11:30 pm

I love lighting candles! It changes the entire atmosphere of a room I think. These ones from glade look awesome.

Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies August 9, 2015 - 1:56 pm

It’s always hard to get back to normal after having an awesome vacation. I think that these scented candles sound like a great way to reminisce about the awesome times.

Amy August 9, 2015 - 10:35 pm

My favorite way to get over the post vacation blues is to plan another vacation. 🙂

Alli August 10, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Now that’s a great idea!

Krystal August 10, 2015 - 7:38 am

It’s nice to make a scrapbook to celebrate the vacation even longer! I need to stock up on candles!

Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty August 16, 2015 - 10:23 pm

The end of a vacation can be bittersweet – sometimes I’m happy to return to routine, but leaving beautiful surroundings is never fun. I love how scents from candles can help you feel like you’re back in your happy place again! Thanks for linking this to Merry Monday!


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