I have had more than my share of vacations in the last two months. First a mediterranean cruise and a trip to Utah, compliments of Young Living. Then I traveled to Virginia for a 50th anniversary party, to Michigan for a Beauty conference and then onward to see my new granddaughter. While I am certainly blessed that my home business with Young Living allows me this flexibility, it can be stressful trying to keep up with phone calls, classes, caring for customers, supporting my team, packing and unpacking suitcases and the stress of airports, driving, and new environments.
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- Slow down and breath deeply! Remember that things are not as urgent as they seem and you will function better if you relax and think clearly.
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- Plan ahead, writing down what needs to packed and actions to take so you don't worry as much about forgetting something. Keep a pad by your bed for late night or middle of the night additions. If going with others, discuss expectations so everyone knows what to expect. We will often have each family member state the one thing they would most like to do and then we try to be sure everyone gets to experience that #1 desire (within reason). This has worked well to decrease unrealistic expectations and create understanding among members.
- Take time to sit in silence and be grateful for the trip that you are about to enjoy. Think about (and pray for, if desired) the people you will be with. Imagine a great trip.
- Keep your sense of humor and don't take yourself so seriously. Put on some lively music and dance while you pack. Sing out loud. Laugh at your mistakes or the "spilled milk" that always happens when you are in a hurry. Hug your kids, spouse, or co-workers (OK, maybe not). Life is too short, so don't let little things steal your joy.
- Have fun, but don't try to do too much. Balance activity with rest. If you come home exhausted, then you won't look forward to future time away and you won't be refreshed and renewed. Take time to smell the flowers.
- Make great memories, take lots of photos and journal your adventures. Once you are home, looking at your pictures or rereading your journal will serve to take you back to and let you relive your vacation. This can multiple your joy and nourish your soul for many months. I like to create photo books of the vacation so it is easy to relive and share with others.