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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

5 ways to beat the post-holiday blues at home

Our wonderful holiday to Calella de Palafrugell just seems like a distant memory and the post holiday blues have really set in. I'm sure I'm not alone in experiencing this feeling of sadness when you return from a wonderful trip away. 

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home | Calella de Palafrugell

I have been trying to cheer myself though and have a few ideas for you if you're also struggling with the holiday blues and have some suggestions for bringing some holiday sunshine into your home.

1 - Make Sangria

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home - make sangria

Ah Sangria! Can you imagine drinking this in the winter because I can't! Sangria and sunshine go hand in hand and it is the perfect drink to enjoy at home and reminisce about your holidays from your garden. We picked up this beautiful drinks dispenser for less than £10 from TK Maxx and filled it with homemade sangria and it certainly helped to wash away the holiday blues.

2 - Recreate Your Holiday Fragrance

Nothing can evoke a strong reaction like a certain scent and whilst we were picking up our other bits and bobs from TK Maxx I could not pass the candle section and choose something that reminded me of happy times abroad. I selected this particular candle as it contains Peppermint, Grapefruit, Lavender & Pine - all scents I associate with staying at Camping La Siesta. Now every time I light the candle I immediately relax. It's strange how something so small can transport you to another time and put a smile on your face. 

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home - scented candle

3 - Drink Espressos in the Sunshine

My husband doesn't do things by halves. Having never touched a cup of coffee in his life, he decided on holiday to end a meal with an Espresso. Talk about all or nothing! Anyway, ever since then we have been hooked and daily espressos are pretty much part of our routine now. Very continental! On a bright day we now love sitting in our front garden in the sunshine and enjoying a cup of the strong stuff. Close our eyes and it almost feels as if we are sitting in Italy or France. 

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home - Ouseburn coffee

I have created us our own Espresso tray which I LOVE. The tray itself was a bargain at £3 in the sale, the Espresso jug is big enough for 3 cups and again a bargain at £12.99 and our Le Creuset Espresso mugs were only £4.99 each - all from TK Maxx. The tray looks lovely sitting on our kitchen bench. If you're going to spend time making yourself a decent cup of coffee, I highly recommend checking out local favourites Ouseburn Coffee (find them in Fenwick Food Hall or shop online) and buying proper coffee beans. Steve bought me my coffee grinder for Christmas last year from amazon (oh the romance!). I realise grinding your own beans and making your own espresso is time consuming and a bit of a faff but I think that going to a little bit more effort is definitely worth it.

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home - espresso

4 - Enjoy Tapas for dinner

You may remember that we enjoyed an epic brunch every day on holiday last month. We have recreated the food we enjoyed a couple of times now and food definitely reminds us of happy times and chases the holiday blues away. 

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home - tapas
A selection of Tapas dishes from TK Maxx - £2-£3 each

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home - tomatoes and olives

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home - tomato bread

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home - tapas and sangria

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home - empanados

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home - tomato bread

We bought a selection of 5 tapas bowls from TK Maxx priced between £2-£3 each. I love how they are mismatched but still match if that makes sense. We also have a couple of wooden boards (also TK Maxx) which are perfect for serving cured meats and chorizo.

Our perfect tapas menu:-
  • Chorizo
  • Serano Ham
  • Olives
  • Melon
  • Tomato bread
  • Tomatoes
  • Empanadas 

5 - Book another holiday

Finally, my number one way to beat the holiday blues is to book another holiday :D I booked a trip to Loch Ness pretty much straight away on our return from Spain and we have booked a child free holiday to Cuba next year. It's nice to have something to look forward to and does make me feel better. 

Top Tips for beating the post-holiday blues when you're back at home - cuba beach

How do you beat the holiday blues? I'd love to hear your tips too. 

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  1. I'm not good with the holiday blues either. I often spent the following month remember what I was doing this time however many weeks ago!

    The tapas look very good, I saw a photo on Steve's instagram. I've never actually tried tapas before!

    Ami x

  2. I'm seriously lusting after those tapas bowls!

  3. What an amazing idea. Think this is a good idea to bring the holiday back home!

  4. I'm going to dust off my drinks dispenser and fill it with sangria immediately!

  5. Booking another holiday is a great idea, but I don't think you can beat tapas!

  6. Haha - great minds think alike! We did both tapas and sangria last night.

  7. I get such bad holiday blues too, but this post is SUCH a good idea! I'm definitely going to make some sangria in the sun today and not to mention recreating my holiday fragrance - lovely ideas! x

  8. Great post, I am definitely feeling the post-holiday blues!

  9. This is such a good post. I always get post holiday blues.

  10. I especially loved the holiday blues tip, gonna keep that in mind! Xxx

  11. It's always nice to keep that vacation feeling going. These are definitely some good ideas.

  12. We've just got back and totally have the holiday blues, but eating al fresco in the sunshine has definitely helped.

  13. I'm not a fan of sangria but the tapas option sounds perfect. And booking another holiday is sure to the blues to go away x

  14. I always book another holiday to beat the blues hahah. I love the idea of espressos out int he sunshine. I don't know why I don't just do that back home!

  15. Great ideas - and I love those little tapas bowls. The Le Creuset cups are a steal too... not sure my TK Maxx is as well stocked but you're inspiring me to go back and look. Love your new look (the blog!) as well.

  16. Booking the next holiday is always a good way to make yourself feel better, as it looking through all your photos.

  17. I love your Espresso cups, they're so pretty! And you're definitely right about Sangria, it automatically means sunshine ♥

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  18. post holiday blues are the worst, anything that helps

  19. All up for espresso in the sunshine! I love sangria too :)

  20. a great post. I really wish we could go abroad this year!

  21. What great tips you've shared! I got back from holiday in May and I'm not off again until December so im definitely experiencing the holiday blues! xxx

  22. I can't walk past the candle section at TK Maxx either! Love the sounds of those smells. If only it was so easy to go out & book another holiday straightaway!

  23. Booking another holiday is definitely the best way to beat the blues!

  24. I'd love to be able to book another holiday, if only I had the money! All the other tips though I definitely try my best to do! Also getting out and going traveling around your local area and surrounding areas is also great! At least you're getting to travel!

  25. I hate the holiday blues so this is a great post with fab ideas! I also love Calella.

  26. Now this is an amazing idea and I do love a bit of Tapas x

  27. This is a great idea to beat the holiday blues. Pretty sure most people feel it.
    Worst thing is going back to work and knowing you have a big pile of things to do haha

  28. Fantastic tips, your tapas spread looks great! I've been known to book a weekend away later for later in the year just before we go away on holiday, so that I've got something to look forward to when I get home...

  29. Any excuse to make sangria! ;) I love tapas too, one of my favourite kinds of dinner where you can just pick at all the tasty bits!

  30. I wish I was on holiday right now. But to make do, I have my morning cup of tea sat outside and try to have salads and things for tea sat out in the garden too


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