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7 Ways to Have a Relaxing Vacation

Eileen Bailey Jun 13th, 2012 (updated Jul 28th, 2015)
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Vacations can ironically bring about stress of their own. Planning, budgeting, packing and finding activities to keep everyone happy can cause you to worry. Vacations are, by their very nature, a “change from the ordinary,” but that can also mean your internal clock is off, daily routines are interrupted and the things and places you find comforting are suddenly not there. But vacations don’t need to be stressful. A successful vacation can leave you feeling invigorating and ready to face new challenges. The following tips can help.

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Organization
Organization

Use a folder to hold all your vacation information. As soon as you decide you will take a vacation, purchase a folder to keep information in one place. Use it to hold receipts, information and general information on where you will be staying. As your plans progress, add any information to your folder so you can easily find what you need.

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Plan ahead
Plan ahead

If you worry about things like getting lost or whether or not you will find an open hotel room, it is probably best to make your plans weeks or months in advance. Decide where you are going and where you will be staying; make reservations at any hotels. Place copies of receipts and reservations in your vacation folder.

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Brainstorm
Brainstorm

If your family is coming, ask what types of activities they would like to do and try to plan events so everyone gets to spend a little time doing something they enjoy. Check into each activity to find out if you need to make reservations beforehand.

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Rest & relaxation
Rest & relaxation

Plan some down time. It is good to keep busy during vacation but make sure you also plan some down time, when you and your family can enjoy simply being together.

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Keep a routine
Keep a routine

Keep some routines from your daily life to help make your feel secure. You can start each day with the same breakfast you usually eat or do a crossword puzzle at night. You might want to bring your favorite coffee or tea or pack your favorite pillow and blanket. If you have certain routines you follow at home, keeping a couple of those during vacation can be your “safety net” and keep anxiety minimized.

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Express yourself
Express yourself

Talk about your feelings of anxiety. Think about what types of situations may increase your anxiety and write them down. Talk with your spouse or vacation companion to make them aware of what to expect and ask them to be willing to listen if you begin to panic or feel nervous. If there are certain situations that make you anxious, ask your traveling companion to take care of those details.

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Breathe
Breathe

Use deep breathing or daily meditation to keep your anxiety at bay. Taking a few minutes each day to calm your mind and body can help reduce overall feelings of anxiety. Schedule time each day throughout your vacation to meditate or sit calmly to clear your mind.