"Few people plan for post vacation. They return on a high and come crawling back into the office," says Stephen A. Shapiro, a New York City, N.Y., psychotherapost and co-author of "Time Off: A Psychological Guide to Vacations."
Shapiro offers this advice for easing back into the job:
Plan "a nice day" or a few hours at home before you report to work. "Try not to come back from vacation Monday at 7 a.m. Come back home Sunday. It buffers the schok."
Talk your trip over with friends. It makes a good transistion. It stamps in your mind the good time you had and dispels the feeling that it's all gone." i
Write a vacation log. Reflect on what you saw, what was good, what you learned about yourself.
As a bonus, he says, it helps you sort out what kinds of needs you hope to have fulfilled in a vacation -- "intellectual stimulation, togetherness, solitude, need for risk, learning new skills (tennis) or status (boasting to friends about sailing on the QEII).
It's "really useful," he says, to examine these needs from one year to the next. "There's nothing more of a downer than to feel you've messed up you're vacation."