Post Vacation Stress Disorder


While on vacation last week in Douglas, Michigan with my parents, siblings, grandfather, uncle, aunt, cousin, husband and children I experienced a profound state of peace…. peace that I can only compare to prayer.

In the morning I would get up and be greeted by my uncle, the early riser, and then head outside to sit in the red Adirondack chair to read a few chapters (currently reading, My Sisters The Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell). And sometimes in the quite that was only filled by the occasional turning of pages deer would pass by…can you say breathtaking!?

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And each day was filled with an exciting excursion….one afternoon I went to Holland and tasted beer with my brother, perused the interior design stores with my mom, and stopped in at a candy store with my daughter.

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The next day we all went horseback riding….

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and finished off the day at the park where ALL of us acted like kids…..

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Then one night my hubby surprised me. He had my parents watch the kiddos while we went wine tasting, out to dinner, and perused the shops in South Haven, MI. Oh, and the sunsets, talk about romantic….here is a pic of us on the beach smooching during the sunset….

vacation 170The next adventure…canoeing!

vacation 150We row, row, rowed our boat till our little one fell asleep.  It was so peaceful on the water. And I enjoyed the opportunity to canoe with my hubby and then with my aunt.

vacation 050During our vacation I did not engage in any social media, in fact I left my computer at home. And my phone had horrible reception so talking on the phone was out of the question too. And I am glad it was…I think I needed a break from the inauthentic pull social media can prescribe at times. I thoroughly enjoyed time with my family and I am so grateful we had that time…none of us knows when our lifetime is up thus we must treasure the time we have together. Which is precisely what I did and that paired with the 3rd Coast (not west or east coast but the great lakes) or what they call around there, the Lake Effect I was in a state of peace that I can only compare to prayer.

Then it was over. That state of peace was quickly replaced with grief, I think I began grieving the vacation in addition to having to get the household back in order, back to school shopping, and celebrate our youngest turning 3. That first day back was extremely hard for me. Has anyone else ever experienced a sense of heartache at the end of their vacation?

Any tips for decompressing after vacation? Or suggestions on ways to transition the entire family back to reality?

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4 Comments on “Post Vacation Stress Disorder”

  1. August 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    I wish I could reply with tips – instead I’m replying to let you know that I 100% relate! Sometimes it seems like I am in more need of a vacation after coming back from a trip just because of how stressful it is getting back in the groove of things. I just try to remember those peaceful vacation feelings and not stress over the little things. Good luck!
    PS – love the pics. Looks like a great time1

    • August 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

      It is comforting to know that I am not alone Melissa. Yes, that is precisely how I feel; I need a vacation from my vacation, lol! I am heeding you stated and not stressing over the little things and when it becomes too overwhelming simply calming down and reminiscing on those peaceful moments on vacation really does seem to help. It is definitely a process, one that I will hopefully be better prepared for next year. Thank you for commenting and sharing Melissa 🙂

  2. August 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    When I visit family I get the laundry done BEFORE we leave…gives me one less “reality task” to do when we get back home.

    • August 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

      That is a brilliant idea!! Laundry seems to be one of the biggest tasks to complete upon arrival home from vacation. Getting it all done before you leave would definitely elevate some stress. That is a great tip! Thank you for sharing When the Kids go to Bed 🙂

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