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Tips! What helps you to recover after a vacation?

I just came home from a lovely vacation with my family, and I've been extremely sore and fatigued since we've gotten back (Not to mention the small cold I picked up on our flights back home) so I'm not doing too hot haha

Personally I love to just stay in bed and relax with a cozy show until I start feeling better again, but I'd love to know what you do to relax/recover from a long vacation! - Abigail, Team Member

  1. Long-distance travel tires most people so it is not surprising that people need a rest on returning home - it's often not possible on arrival at the destination - for me it's a light meal, half an hour with a very clingy cat (which is relaxing), feed cat and off to the bathroom. Then bed and sleep for about 8 hours (about 3 hours longer than my average night when at home). Next morning I spend in front of the computer loading all my thousands of "holiday snaps" - they are not really snaps as I use about four different lenses during my European visits and take photos that many people say are special. I usually eat a bit much that day and go to bed early and the next day I'm up and feeling like normal.

    1. That's wonderful, ! Thank you so much for sharing!! I adore that you make that extra time to spend with your cat๐Ÿ’• My own little girl is so clingy whenever I get back from a long trip, but I adore her. nothing brings me more comfort after a trip than laying down in my bed all cozy with my little kitty๐Ÿ’ž

      and that so lovely that you take so many photos while on vacation! If you don't mind me asking, what type of camera do you usually use for your trips? - Abigail, Team Member

  2. I returned a little over a week ago from a long planned and far too short vacation with my husband to Jamaica. The trip started out rough as my husband arranged our plane tickets such that I had to be up at 3am and out the door by 4:15. I managed to make it out the door at 4:45am. I'm way too old now to travel like that and it took a lot out of me at the outset. Next time we will take an extra day to travel to our overseas hub in Atlanta, stay at a Hilton near the airport and catch our overseas flight at a reasonable hour the next day. I think that will help keep me from being so tired and stressed at the beginning of the trip. The physical strain of my daily biological clock being upset caused me to pick up a cold virus, possibly RSV, that blew into a full on sinus and bronchitis infection after we returned home, the day after my scheduled quarterly Skyrizi injection. If I continue with biologics, in the future I will not take the injection if I have the slightest hint of a sniffle. I never plan activities or appointments for a week after travel so that I can take my time unpacking, cleaning, and relaxing. I take packable protein powder to add to my coffee in the mornings for an added protein boost while traveling, also I take gluten free ginger snaps in my carry bag for a snack my stomach can tolerate on the go. Also, Copper Fit gloves, I wear these going through the airports etc to help my hands with grip and comfort as well as protection from constantly shoving them in my bags.

    1. great analogy! I don't like bras either, but I wear them. lol
      I've got leather yard gloves that I use most of the time around the property, but they're bulky and of course don't fit as well as they should. I think I got the only pair of women's work gloves in Tractor Supply and they're still too bulky. But now I'm just ranting.
      Where do you get your copper fit gloves? I saw full-fingered versions on Amazon, but you can never gauge the size well.

    2. I find Copper Fit gloves at CVS, Walgreens and WalMart

  3. I didnt this time, but did think about it, I might next time though, if for no other reason than to assure my carryon makes it into the cabin. Who said being disabled doesn't have its perks?๐Ÿ˜‰ Hey, I'd rather not have this staggering disaster, but if I must, I might as well use the help thats there.

    1. I went to Tennessee last week to scout out the area I'm moving to in November and was only going to be gone from Sunday through Wednesday. It was a good trip and I mostly enjoyed it, but it also made clear how much I rely on my routines - simply stepping away from them for a few days was tiring, as is sleeping in a different bed. By the time Wednesday rolled around, I was feeling the effects. About halfway home, I made a couple calls to key customers and told them I'd decided to stay a few more days, and that I'd be available on Monday. Yes, I felt bad for the lie, but I also knew that if it was known I was home, even if I said I was taking the rest of the week off, I'd be inundated with calls and texts. "I know you're off, but could you just ..."
      I then took Thursday and Friday to rest and treated it pretty much like I would a flare. Took naps, went to bed early, at comfort food from the freezer, snuggled with the fur kids, watched movies, read. (Also did my second loading dose of Skyrizi Friday.) Then Saturday and Sunday, I slowly unpacked and put things away, downloaded pictures, did laundry, and regular weekend tasks, but more slowly, and by Monday morning I was back to normal.
      I think the biggest thing for me is leaving myself time at the end of the trip to recover before "real life" resumes. Thinking I could get back to work the day after I got home was absurd.

      1. Oh wow, ! That's such a big move! That must be so exciting and daunting at the same time haha. If you don't mind me asking, where are you moving to?
        I know how difficult it can be to try and keep up with routines while moving, it's always so chaotic and hard to feel like you can do anything, but I truly believe that once you get to your new place and start putting things together, it should be a breeze! And I'll be hoping and praying that everything goes well for you!!๐Ÿ’— Plus, maybe a new home will be able to help you get reestablished in some of your routines, and maybe even start some wonderful new ones!! Either way, we believe in you and I think there's so many wonderful things coming your way!!๐Ÿ’• - Abigail, Team Member

      2. I haven't been on here in a while - in spite of all my pre-planning and organizing, the move was still hectic and chaotic. It ended up taking place just over two weeks before my next injection, so a lot of the benefits had worn off. If I'd thought of it, I'd have asked for a prednisone pack to get me through the worst of the move - few days before and few days after the actual moving day. But I didn't think of that.
        I ended up having less help that I'd hoped, so I had no choice but to lift, carry, and generally overdo it physically. I survived with Ibuprophen, lidocaine patches and creams, muscle relaxers, hot showers, and determination, but it was seriously the worst move of my life (and as an Army brat and military wife, there have been a lot of them).
        But, it's over now! I'm in the new place, I've gotten a good start on the unpacking and organizing, and I'm starting to get some routines established again. Still a week until my next injection and there's still a ton to do, but it's getting there and I'm not beating myself up about what still needs to be done. I do what I can each day and if I have to lay down for a bit here and there, then so be it.

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