So – you have worked all year, and now its time to take a restful vacation during the long hot months of summer…..So why is it so stressful to get out of town for 7 simple days?
Vacation time can undo a lot of mental stress, and can have many big payoffs. A vacation is not a luxury, its an investment in your health, says many psychology experts.
A vacation is a chance to get away from many of the stresses you can’t get away from in your everyday life. Of course, it can also introduce new ones too. For many of us this may be out of our control, such as missed flights, crazy neighbors at your hotel with paper thin walls….but planning ahead can help eliminate some of the more common vacation woes. If your vacation includes camping in a motor home with your in-laws, and Mom doing all the work, you may feel like skipping a vacation this year. Making your vacation as stress-free as possible pays off, according to a 2011 research from the Netherlands. Researchers show that many people who were busy planning a vacation were happier than those who had no vacation to plan.
When my children were young (under the age of 15) I would always say to my Husband, and friends or whoever would listen, that each parent needs 2 guilt free weeks a year without their children. Now, that may sound shocking to you – but its true. There’s nothing more frustrating than returning from a family vacation with the kids, and declaring, “I need a vacation from my vacation.” When you’re going to a destination with the little ones, Mom is still doing all of the work. While still making lunches or baby bottles, or watching their little heads bobbing in the water, who has time to read a book or magazine or even relax.
Its important to maintain a sense of humor, because you never know what’s going to happen as your family sails forth to vacation world. A vacation itself dramatically changes the family dynamics, as you’re suddenly spending all your time together. Its 24/7 and there’s no break in the action.
So here’s to more Vacations – schedule time to have some alone time or with the Hubby.
But we all need time to unwind and cut the rubber band behind our neck.