Travel Relieves Stress
Travel Relieves Stress
Stress…what a nasty word. We HATE stress! It ages us, gives us grey hair and wrinkles, and hardens our arteries. It keeps us from sleeping and enjoying life. We talk less, we gripe and complain more.
But stress is everywhere – deadlines at work, school projects, laundry, bills, dentist visits, vet visit, oil changes, and so on seemingly forever. Even wonderful life experiences can create stress – weddings, moves for job promotions, and college graduations. So many things to do and so little time.
Stress is literally killing us.
“When stress is excessive, it can contribute to everything from high blood pressure, also called hypertension, to asthma to ulcers to irritable bowel syndrome ,” said Ernesto L. Schiffrin, M.D., Ph.D., physician-in-chief at Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital…”
“Maybe this sounds a little overdramatic, but unfortunately the reality is that excessive, untreated stress can actually kill you.”
You can take a breather from the world! You can relax and let the stress roll away – on vacation! Extend YOUR life by years – literally and take a BREAK. Teach your children that self care is important. Show them you can put away your work for a break and savor your family.
It is time for new beginnings! A fresh start! Time to turn over a new leaf!
Travel is the pefect antidote for the stress that kills families.
Travel Relieves Stress – Travel gives us time to talk.
Day to day our conversations are short snip its of “How was your day?” – which often gets nothing more than a snarled, “FINE.” or “The same as always, mom.” from a teenager. Otherwise we discuss the day to day family workings, “Who made this mess?” and “Is your homework done?” and “I have no idea where your _______ is…” and “I am NOT the maid!” and so on.
During the usual day to day of work and school and extra curricular activities we don’t have time to really, really talk. Take time over long holiday dinners to ask deeper things and learn more about each other. The days are long but the years are short and your kids are growing up. They’ll be gone one day…soak them up now and learn all you can!
Travel Relieves Stress – Time to snuggle.
Everyone has their ‘love language’ and receives love in their own way. Some kids love to talk and desperately want you to listen. Others literally want you to snuggle. No matter each person’s individual love language, healthy humans NEED touch.
According to Psychology Today, scientific research shows touch can give us these benefits:
- Decreased violence
- Trust between Individuals.
- Increased Health
- Ability to work as a stronger team
- Increased learning
- Increased overall well being
Who doesn’t want all of THAT for their children??? So, pat your child – and yourself on the back and head off into the sunset for a vacation. During that vacation, snuggle while you wait on your restaurant table to be ready, snuggle while you read a bedtime story, hold hands while you walk down the street.
Travel Relieves Stress – Time to strengthen the bonds that make us family.
Use the extra – stress free and work free time you have on vacation to do the things that strong families do!
- Talk to each other.
- Spend time together
- Be their BIGGEST fan.
Travel Relieves Stress – Time to explore!
Exploration increases curiosity in whatever it is you want to see! Science also says that in particular, exploring outside, gives specific benefits to our mental state of mind. Improve YOUR child’s state of mind – and your own by heading outside! The perfect vacation has a little of both inside and outside exploration!
Travel Relieves Stress – Time to try new things.
Zip-lining wouldn’t have been on my agenda this day without the chickadees’ encouragement! After this great experience we tried it again! Read about our Zip Lining Experience as an excursion from a Disney Cruise.
Travel Relieves Stress – Time to learn new things
Learning new things is something that kids are really used to..the younger the child the more likely absolutely everything around them is new! Kids are happy and curious to try new things. Sometimes older kids, especially those of the grouchy teen ages, need a little nudge to try something new. You can pat yourself on the back and give yourself a gold star in parenting when you give your child the opportunity to try new things.
Teach them the life skills you get from trying new things!
To try new things you need to be brave!
Trying new things opens new doors to liking something new!
Keep intellectually stimulated and stay away from boredom – at any age!
Grow by expanding your comfort zone.
We learned how soap is made during a visit to Canada. You never know what you’ll learn when you travel!
Travel Relieves Stress – Time to rejuvenate!
Rejuvenate on vacation. Get some extra rest. Spend a few minutes each day stretching! Look out the window and admire the view and breath deeply. Stare deeply at your family and feel gratitude for them.
As a matter of fact, “Our relationships with others are the greatest determinant of our happiness.” Make your entire family happier by spending time together and building a relationship to build up your whole family!
Travel Relieves Stress – But what about the stress of planning the adventure?
It is easy to get overwhelmed when planning a trip. There is SOOO much information online. Recently I just glazed over trying to choose the right ferry vs cruise for our upcoming trip to Greece. I had so many times in my head – I had to take a break! For some, like me, this sort of research is like a puzzle I need to put together without a picture to go by! Some people love hard puzzles like that and for others…it just gives them a headache.
If you travel planning gives you a headache then hire help! Investing in your vacation will make it EVEN better.
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My website has all the tips and how-to’s you need for stress free planning!
Travel Relieves Stress – Invest time in your family.
Don’t you find yourself rushing around? Hurrying to the vet, to the grocery store, to buy a gift for a birthday party? Barely pausing to drop one child at dance before rushing to drop the other at baseball practice? I know I do! Sometimes I meet myself coming and going.
STOP the madness for a few days on vacation. During your vacation you are all together….all in the same place…with time. Time for talking, for laughing for each other. Reconnect. Invest in this special time together because time marches on. The kids grow up and leave. Savor the time you have together.
Your family knows you better than anyone else….and loves you anyway. 😉
Travel can improve the health of your entire family! Read more about heart disease protection in these related posts.
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