Whether you found love in Mexico, went on a family vacation in New England, or studied your butt off while the library was empty, there’s a certain kind of culture shock that comes with return to the normal routine. This list is mostly for those who imbibed a little excessively, but we could all benefit from a quick reboot after a weeklong break.


Vacation can be a great time, but it’s never good for your sleep habits. There are a variety of reasons why you might get less sleep on vacation, from being high on excitement, to having a bedfellow keeping you up. Either way, you need a serious nap. We’re talking 10-15 hours of pillow time before you even try to function as a normal human being again. Studies show that a weeklong lack of sleep can actually be recouped by getting some extra shut-eye a few days later. Go to bed at 6:00pm if you have to. Do whatever it takes to refill your sleep debt and you’ll be a new person for Monday classes.

Eat Your Greens

Now is the time to remind your body that you still love and appreciate it. You can do this with insane amounts of green things. We’re talking kale, spinach, broccoli, and arugula. Step away from the bread, pasta, and potatoes, and move towards the rabbit food. The faster you get your body the nutrients it needs, the faster it will forgive you for what you’ve just put it through. If you’re attending one of those schools that tortures its students by offering midterms after spring break, you’re going to need to get your brain and body back before you can even contemplate studying!


You probably just fried your skin under the Mexican sunshine, suffocated your liver with cervesa and even soaked your body in the salty sea. Don’t worry; you can undo the dehydration damage by quickly refilling your electrolyte stores, and by slowly rehydrating your body. Start with drinks like coconut water to help with electrolytes, and pair it with potassium-filled bananas and protein-rich nut butters. Be sure to drink 10-12 ounces of water about every hour to help your body come back to life and you’ll be back in business in no time!


This is crucial for anyone returning from a vacation. You’ve got to get yourself back on a routine, whether it’s to distract yourself from your Spring Break love, to forget your unimaginable embarrassments, or to get used to working again. You’ve simply got to find your routine. Studying and paper-writing are probably going to take a little longer than normal, especially when your travel buddies are posting new albums on Facebook every 30 minutes Try to go to bed earlier and get up earlier than you have to, just to give yourself a little extra time to prepare for your day. Get away from the social networks and avoid veg’ing out in front of the TV. If you happen to have a free day between returning from the trip and the start of classes, spend it re-orienting yourself with your day-to-day activities. This is especially important if you traveled many time zones away. Otherwise, you’ll be sleeping in your midterms and sitting in bed wide awake at 4:00am.

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