As summer wanes and fall waxes, I always have a little September Blues. If you're reading this while spending your very last day sipping piña coladas, don't fret. I got some tips to help you keep riding the vacation wave right into the gnarly September crash.
1. Make it a return from vacation, not a rush.
In other words, SLOW DOWN!!
These yankees in NYC are always in a hurry but remember how quickly your vacation went? Well, while you're running between your morning joe and the 6:05 train, time is going just as fast. People say life is what happens while we're busy making plans. Just slow down take a deep breath and LIVE it too.
2. Eat Slower Too.
Familly/Spouse/Friend/me Time shouldn't just be relegated to one week in August when you unplug and go to the beach. SIT DOWN and eat food you love slowly and sensuously like that Prime Rib you ordered in Argentina with a Malbec.
Planning should be a part of your life no matter what you do. Just like you wouldn't leave for vacation without at least a vague outline of an itinerary, don't start your week or the dreaded September without a plan.
Take a little time to assess where you are (we can do an assessment together. wink wink, nudge nudge. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Think about where you want to be and make S.M.A.R.T goals. ( Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Sensitive). Look at all areas of your life: work, home, romance, friendships, etc. How much do you want to exercise? Cook at home? Eat out? Get massages? Date nights?
4. Be Spontaneous too.
Pick goals that don't just feel restrictive but things that will help you feel those ooey gooey sweet vacation vibrations all year long.
Take a break from email
Watch movies. Catch up on tv shows you've been meaning to watch.
Unplug your wifi
Read a book
Take a day trip
Dress up your vacation clothes and wear them to work.
Willpower is overrated. And so is all work and no play. You know what they said about Jack (he's a dull boy). Try not to live life in the binge/restrict cycle. If you went "too crazy" on vacation, it's probably because you didn't allow yourself to let a little loose all year.
Happy Labor Day!