30 ways to beat the Post-Holiday Blues
Did you feel that? That chill in the air? That’s autumn settling in and he will be shortly followed by his scary big brother, winter. Unless us ladies of the Northern Hemisphere luck out with an Indian summer it’s time to face facts that the summer season is drawing to a close and many of us will be suffering from post-holiday blues. However, there are a few little things you can do to kick out the buzz kill, destroy the depression and beat the blues.
1. Did you write a travel journal during your latest holiday? If yes, then awesome! Read it and add to it by printing out photos you took (yes on to, like, real old school photo paper), buying washi tape, stickers, stamps and glitter to decorate the pages which tell the story of your travels. If you didn’t keep a travel journal while you were on holiday well it’s never too late to start one so do all the above and search deep to remember all the fun you had.
2. Don’t upload all your holiday and vacation photos to Facebook at once and of course don’t just dump them all in one album. Do you not want to make all your friends jealous? Well, stagger that pleasure! Make sure you have at least three albums for every day you spent away, or thereabouts.
3. So you’ve got to go back to work but this doesn’t mean you can’t still wear your bikini… If your, ahem, assets allow it why not wear your favourite bikini under your work clothes. No-one will know and it will make you giggle to yourself despite still being back at work.
4. In the same vein why not use sun tan lotion as your go to moisturiser for a few days and let that smell of coconuts take you back to the beach… sigh. Or alternatively treat yourself to a super expensive new one that will lock that fading tan down for a few extra days.
5. Organise your books and/or clothes into colour order. I can guarantee this will make you feel better than it should.
6. Did you enjoy some exotic food while away on your hols? Well Google the dish and find a recipe for it and make it yourself.
7. Should number 5 result in a tasteless burnt slop and/or forever damaged cooking pans, may I suggest finding out if there is a local restaurant which features this dish on the menu or alternatively go out to your favourite local restaurant as a treat.
8. Buy ice cream and ice cream cones and enjoy eating them in a temperature that doesn’t melt half of it before you’ve even taken your first lick. See, there are some advantages of summer being over?
10. Make at least five “mates dates” with five good friends. It’s always important to have things to look forward to after your holiday.
11. Send someone a postcard. Just because you’re not in foreign climes doesn’t mean you can’t send postcards anymore and everyone loves to get mail. You never know, you may get one back!
12. Think of five things you missed about home while you were away on holiday. It could be a certain food, your favourite bar, going to the cinema or running around your favourite park. Just make a list and then go about doing all those things as soon as possible after you get back.
13. Bake a cake and take it in to work one day. You don’t need to worry so much about that beach body now…
14. Start a new hobby. Sometimes boredom means our minds drift back to a happier time on a beach so don’t let yourself get bored! Start learning something new like knitting a cool toilet roll holder, playing the ukelele or mastering the art of choux pastry. That should take your mind off your summer romance and you can even do it in your bikini.
15. Download all your favourite holiday songs or the songs that remind you of summer and create a playlist for your iPod or on 8tracks.
16. Watch any of the following feel good movies: Some Like It Hot, How to Marry a Millionaire, Mystic Pizza, Finding Nemo, Forrest Gump, Stand By Me, Elf (so what if it isn’t Christmas yet!?)
17. Try your hand at one of our DIY Sundays!
18. Take a night off from friends, work and other distractions and enjoy a hot bubble bath (with or without bikini) accompanied by only a glass of wine and the latest edition of Vogue.
19. Have a good laugh at these.
20. Go to your favourite flea market, thrift store or charity shop and challenge yourself to spend precisely $20 or the equivalent currency on whatever you like. Any money leftover must go to charity.
21. Buy some fresh flowers and put them somewhere in your home where you’ll see them regularly, especially in the morning when you are getting ready for work.
22. Do something you’ve long been putting off. It could be tidying up a cupboard, joining a gym or fixing that loose handle on one of your kitchen drawers but just make sure you do it. Now. The sense of achievement you get from doing it will be nearly as good a feeling as being on holiday. Nearly.
23. Get your hair cut. If the change of season means it’s time for a change in you, then a new hairstyle is one of the quickest and easiest ways to achieve this.
24. Hop on one leg fifty times then hop on the other fifty times, while wearing your bikini, if you like. Why? Why not! Furthermore if you actually managed to do that on the first try without having to hold on to some thing or stopping to have a good laugh at yourself then you deserve another slice of that cake you made as per number 13 on this list and probably didn’t end up taking into share with your co-workers. (Wise decision!)
25. Invite a good friend round for a marathon of board games. Scrabble is my favourite, what’s yours?
26. Write your Christmas wish list and maybe decorate it with these festive stickers and more glitter! Or I suppose if you’re feeling generous list what you’re going to buy for your friends and family and maybe see if you can hand make anything. You have nearly four months to mess it up and then buy something else for them anyway.
27. Blow bubbles. To make your own bubble mixture you need to pour one teaspoon of washing detergent into a litre of water and pour into a bowl. Then bend an old wire coat hanger into a suitably small enough circle and get blowing. Bikini is optional depending on the weather and where you choose to blow these bubbles!
28. Buy yourself some new pyjamas and put new sheets on your bed. Now that feels goooooood. Maybe you can retire the bikini finally now?
29. Smile. One day, maybe when you’re bikini’s in the wash so you know you’re going to have a bad day, decide to smile at everyone you meet. Even if you get just one smile back in return you will probably have made someone’s day and that is a very nice feeling.
30. And if all else fails start planning your next holiday… and your next bikini, of course.
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