Last updated: 01:00 PM ET, Thu August 18 2016

How to Beat the Post-Summer Travel Blues

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | August 18, 2016

How to Beat the Post-Summer Travel Blues

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It’s so great! The kids are back in school. It’s time to…carpool, email, deal with deadlines.

Wait, what was so bad about summer vacation, again? Actually nothing.

According to the Telegraph, abundant research shows that taking vacation improves productivity, boosts mood, enhances creativity, and provides a host of other benefits. Sinking back into the daily grind isn’t easy after an extended time of relatively low productivity, relaxation and fun in the sun. 

If you are having a hard time grappling with the reality that day-to-day life has resumed, Dr. Erica Reischer has some advice. First, you are going to need to get the kids back on a regular nighttime schedule. 

“Tempting as it is to let bedtimes slide – to watch another movie, stay out late, or host another sleepover – doing so can wreak havoc with our and our children’s well-being,” writes Reischer. 

She also recommends keeping the vacation alive through new foods, new experiences and new people. 

“You might pick a few weekend days each month and assign every family member the task of planning one new outing for the family on their designated day,” Reischer suggests. 

READ MORE: Should You Take Your Preschooler on Vacation?  

Another trick: Don’t forget playtime. 

“Play is good for adults, too (that’s one of the reasons we like holidays so much). So be sure to set aside regular playtime – unstructured, self-directed, free time that is an end in itself – for everyone in the family, throughout the year,” she says. 

These tips just barely scratch the surface of how to keep the vacation vibe around all year long. Find out the rest here — before summer is gone for good.


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