How to Recover from a Week Away from Home

After a week away from home, it’s time to recover and get back into routine!

And we’re back. Monday has arrived and Joshua and I are finally home after a week + away! If you follow Louella Reese via Instagram {which you should!} you may have seen via Instagram stories that Joshua and I were in Alabama. Some people asked if we were looking at houses, moving there. The answer to that, is a hard NO haha! We were there for family. I’ll explain more via Instagram stories later today, so be sure to check it out. Today, we’re diving back into work life and our typical routine. Being away for a week+ can be rough on your routine and your body. Therefore, I’m sharing a couple of ways to make the transition easier, healthier, and smoother. 

If you have some tips, I would to hear them! Comment below and share. 

Clean your house before you leave 

Coming home to a clean house just might be the best thing ever! There’s no stress to clean things up and you’re good to go for the week ahead. I find coming home to a clean house allows me to relax and feel even more excited about being home! if you come home to a dirty space you’re bound to have a little {or a lot} of anxiety and feel you’re to do list just grew exponentially. So do yourself a favor and tidy things up before you leave! Empty the trash {you’ll keep your house smelling fresh}, wipe down counters, load and run the dishwasher, vacuum, and put away everything that doesn’t belong out. 

Water, Water, Water 

Chances are you didn’t drink enough while away. Am I right? I know for me, that is almost always the case. Either I forget or I indulge a little too much in other beverages. Are you with me? Grab a refillable water bottle and keep it with you throughout the day. Make a goal to drink the same about of ounces as pounds you weigh the first day or two you get back. Your body and skin will thank you! 

Face Masks 

Another thing you’re skin will thank you for! One of the first things I do when I get home is wash my face and immediately put on my favorite face mask {currently, this is my favorite}. Upon washing off I instantly feel refreshed and a million times better. Doing two or three throughout the week you return home will help to get your skin back in order. Opt to do one every other day. 

Fruits + Vegetables 

Similar to water, it is probably likely that you didn’t intake your normal amount of fruits and vegetables. Stock the fridge with lots of them and other healthy options. Doing this will help get you back to your regular diet and help ween you off of those desserts + savory treats you indulged in all week. 

Hit the Gym 

While away, you may not have had the opportunity to hit the gym at all. Or you may have skipped your typical work outs for walks outside to explore {great choice} but now it’s time to get back to it! While it may not be easy to dive right back in {I know I’d rather hit snooze} it’s best to start back ASAP. Plus, you’ll feel SO much better and more energized if you get that work out in. Plus, bikini season is right around the corner {Joshua’s favorite line, he says this all the time when he is deciding whether to work out or not or whether to indulge or not}

Early to Bed 

Sleeping schedules usually change quite a bit when you’re away from home for an extended period of time. Whether it’s for work or for play, things change! Upon returning home, it’s time to snap back and grab some zzzz’s. Doing so will help you catch up on some much needed rest. Also, help keep you from getting sick! If you’re like me, that happens a lot after getting home after being away for a while. 


Along with the last recommendation, getting back to your vitamins will help keep you from getting sick. Joshua and I always stir an EmergenC pack into our waters the day before we leave and the day we get back. Joshua swears by it and I have to say, it has definitely seemed to help me stay healthy! I also always forget to pack my vitamins when going away, therefore getting back into the routine of taking them is a MUST when getting home!

Coming home from a girl’s getaway? Check out this post for 5 tips to recover from a gal’s weekend


  1. March 26, 2018 / 9:17 am

    Great tips! I did a massive deep clean yesterday and I’m headed out of town this coming weekend… I can’t wait to come back to a clean apartment (and bedroom)!

    xo, Emma

  2. March 26, 2018 / 9:20 am

    All great tips to recover from a week away! I definitely agree that coming home to a clean house is the best feeling. Thanks for sharing all of these and I’ll definitely be using them after my next trip.

    xo, lydia

  3. Anna English
    March 26, 2018 / 9:45 am

    I’m BIG on cleaning before leaving any trip. There’s nothing worse than coming home to a dirty place!

  4. March 26, 2018 / 10:49 am

    I LOVE coming home to a clean house after traveling! It’s the best feeling to know that’s one less thing you have to worry about!

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  5. March 26, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    Cleaning the house before you leave is my #1 tip, too! It’s such a wonderful feeling walking back into a clean house! Glad you enjoyed your time away 🙂
    xo amanda || Affordable by Amanda

    • March 26, 2018 / 1:48 pm

      Yay! Glad you agree with them. It is definitely a struggle for some of those. Just hit the gym and it was pretty tough!

      xo Laura Leigh

  6. March 26, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    I’m the worst at drinking water when I’m traveling and therefor drag my buns for days after returning home – no good! These are great tips to remember for my upcoming trip!

    xo, Sara

    • March 27, 2018 / 9:09 am

      Totally understand that gal! Glad you enjoyed the tips and hope they help out after your next trip.

      xo Laura Leigh

  7. March 26, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    These are all such great tips! I love coming home to a clean house and then I also agree with drinking lots of water and getting back to a healthy eating regimen/gym routine.


  8. Leah
    March 27, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Such a great post! It’s always so hard getting back into the swing of things, after being away, so i love these tips!

    • March 27, 2018 / 9:14 am

      Thank you Leah! It really is but definitely super helpful to jump right back in. Glad you enjoyed the tips!

      xo Laura Leigh

  9. Lauren
    March 27, 2018 / 9:08 am

    I agree with everything in this post! especially about drinking water, cleaning up and going to the gym. love this post!

  10. March 27, 2018 / 9:32 am

    It is always so hard to get back into routine after i’ve been away on vacation! These are some great tips and would def make it easier! xo Kelsey

  11. Kristina
    March 29, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    I’m with you on coming home to a clean house- we had our cleaning lady come before we left for jamaica and it was the best thing KNOWING the house was clean when we got back!

    xo, kristina

  12. April 1, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    Water is a big one. I definitely don’t drink enough when I travel.

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