I've mentioned before that the latter half of the year is my favourite, and I always look forward to fireworks, casserole and glittery dresses season. I won't be mourning the passing of summer at all, but I am still finding it difficult to come back down to Earth after our holiday in Croatia last month. Planning that week away consumed my life for months and the countdown distracted me from the banality of daily routine, sweaty commutes and long, stressful days at work. I've felt a bit lost since coming home and I'm struggling to find my drive and focus again. I'm sure I'll find my way again soon, but in the mean time here are some of the things I've been doing to banish those post-holiday blues.
001. Eat 'Friday tea' on a school night. Because what Wednesday night can't be improved by McCain Smiley Faces and beans or a big plate of fajitas?
002. Read a book so good you don't realise that a whole Sunday has passed you by. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum helped cure my holiday hangover - I couldn't wait to get on the tram and start reading it before work.
003. Make a list of all the things you're looking forward to in the next few months. I'll start you off with pumpkin carving, cardigan wearing and Christmas markets. My list of things to do this autumn might give you a little inspiration.
004. Buy some flowers to brighten up the room. It won't be long before the colourful petals make way for bare branches.
005. Go out for breakfast this weekend and banish all thoughts of the work for a few hours.
006. Book a day off work mid-week and go out exploring for the day.
007. Buy your fruit and veg from a local market. It's fresher, you're supporting the local community and it's way better for your bank balance than shopping in Tesco.
008. Do something tourist-y in your own town, whether it's an art gallery, a museum or just a fancy new restaurant. We might be nose diving into autumn now, but some of the suggestions in my ways to cure wanderlust post are still very valid.
010. Borrow some travel guides from the library and start planning your next one, obvs!
How do you shake the holiday blues?