Don’t fall back into your old routine
Even though a year is a long time in which you experience a lot and live another rhythm than in your everyday life, you will be surprised how quickly you get used to your old routine again. However, you can prevent that at least a bit by bringing new habits from your sabbatical into your everyday life – keep playing that instrument with which you started during your break, do voluntary work, or go camping from time to time. This way you can be sure that this special time will remain a part of your life.
Don’t consider your sabbatical a flaw in your CV but see it as an enrichment. The experiences that you made and the things you learned can also be an advantage in your professional life. This way not only you but also your employer benefit from your sabbatical.