Shout-out to my therapist: Recently, I was touting the mental health benefits of an upcoming vacation—a week off—when he, kindly, tacked on a suggestion. “The vacation will be great,” he acknowledged. “But what’s your plan for re-entry?”
That’s when he made his pitch: To maximize the impact of my time off, I needed to factor in a buffer day.
A buffer day works like this… Instead of limiting your vacation sights to the time you’re traveling and physically out of town, make a plan to always (always) schedule a bonus day off for post-vacay acclimation. In other words, a chance to unpack your phone chargers, do laundry and reset.
Here’s the reason it’s necessary: Let’s say you’re like me, always aiming to maximize your time away. On a recent trip to Paris (oh la la), I flew home, landed late night, then woke up and dove right back into the stresses and demands of my job and life very early the next day. Efficient? Yes. But detrimental to the mental health benefits gained by logging off? Absolutely.