“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
The trouble with holidays is that they come to an end! And after a long summer, with a few months or even just a few days off your normal working schedule, it’s amazing how often you come down with the blues, and find it difficult to get motivated again.
So how do you get through this time of post-holiday misery?
“Today ain’t over ‘til tomorrow is planned” – by taking a little time before you go on your holiday or adventure, make a plan of what you are going to do on your first day back, BEFORE you start your day. This will ease you into your ‘normal’ life and help you to pick up where you left off, but with a post-holiday spring in your step.
De-clutter – Life seems delightfully simple when your possessions fit into one suitcase. Resolve to streamline your surroundings – it’s not about getting rid of everything, but clearing the space for what’s important to you. It’s much more satisfying to unpack your rucksack/suitcase straight away, rather than tripping over all the piles of dirty washing and muddy shoes.
Use light – Spend as much time outdoors as possible. Even if you can’t spend your days at the beach, or tracking for wildlife, you can still escape every day for a brisk half-hour walk.
Make healthy choices – Eat and drink healthily and exercise – it really will enhance your mood.
Take time to reflect – Relive the memory. Keep photos and reminders of your holiday around you, to feel that calm and creativity. If suitable, keep in contact with those you met on your travels, and share your photos.
Get out of the rut – Promise yourself you will try one new thing every day – whether it’s to read a new book, have music in the office, use a different café to brainstorm in, or just keeping the television switched off for a day. A change, as they say, is as good as a holiday.
Plan to do things that make you look forward to something – Have you booked your next adventure yet? Will you be returning as a volunteer in Africa for another trip, maybe teaching at an orphanage this time, or perhaps explore more of the continent with an Overland Tour. Or did the few weeks volunteering with wildlife just whet your appetite for more, and now you’d love to do the One Year Game Ranger Course? Ooh, decisions, decisions – but what wonderful ones to make.
“Goals that are not written down are just wishes” So write down your dreams and wishes now, and turn them into goals!
Oh, and the best motivator of all, is to Like our Amanzi Travel Facebook page, as there are always loads of great photos and stories to get you motivated and take that step closer to living your dream !!!