We’ve all been there.. left our suitcases unpacked from vacation for a week until we get a day off to straighten our lives back out. Gone out to eat after just eating out for ALL of vacation, simply because we didn’t have time to go to the store. It definitely pays off to have one extra vacation day after vacation to reorganize ourselves before returning to work, and here’s why!
Why You Need a Vacation Day
After Your Vacation
Get Caught Up on Laundry
Going back to work the day you get home, or even the next morning = a pile of unwashed clothes from vacation. Depending on how long you were gone, and/ or how many people are in your family this could be many loads of laundry. If you have a day off before you can back to work you can conquer this pile of laundry all in one day and know for a fact you will all have clean socks for work or school the next day 😉
Get Over Jetlag
If you just traveled half way around the world especially, your time is all backwards. How are you supposed to focus at the office if you haven’t taken at least one day to get your brain back in the same time zone you live in. I have noticed just an hour time difference can throw me off! hover, If you did just travel half way across the world, I would recommend a couple of days to fix your jetlag lag.
Get Everyone Back into Routine
Kids are really in need of this extra day! They have been staying up late on vacation, more than likely you have been too, and sleeping in. Have one extra day to adjust your sleep schedule! Also get your meals back on your normal day to day schedule. If you have pets you need to pick them up from where they were staying. For some your pets might need your attention for the day to get back into their routine as well. I know my needy corgi does!
Grocery Shop and Menu Plan
Speaking of meals, if you don’t have an extra vacation day, you wouldn’t be able to go grocery shopping and meal plan before you go back. I love to have to not rush to the grocery store in the middle of the night right after getting home.
Lastly, you just need a little time to yourself to relax. Unwind do some yoga, or take a bath with a glass of wine. Finish your book you were so close to finishing on vacation!
No matter your reason for needing an extra day before rushing back to work… just take the extra vacation day! You will head back to work much more prepared and relaxed. Not having the extra day may lead to more stress. No one wants that right after a vacation!
Whats your favorite way to relax after traveling? Let me know in the comments below!