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5 Tips to Beat Vacation Stress

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5 Tips to Beat Vacation Stress

Some people dream of spending their summer vacations in sparkling water during the day and taking languorous walks on the beach in the evening. Others anticipate the sights and sounds of a city, with plenty of time to enjoy great restaurants and art. Whether they plan to go away or stay at home, most hope for freedom from the “daily grind” and time for pleasure and relaxation.

I know I do. I love to get away from the ringing phones and the daily chores; I look forward to quiet times or an opportunity to spend quality time with the ones I love. I do discipline myself to put the electronic devices on hold and schedule an hour to check for any urgent messages.

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Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.

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3:03AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

a lot of it comes to planning. when we went to edinburgh, we both wrote down individually what we wanted to do; and when. then we compared our plans, modified them accordingly with what fit better where and compromised either with when we were going to visit something-day or evening, or on a specific day. it worked out really well and we got to see more things than we anticipated as we had better planned our day and what we were doing. we had the pass, so when we went on the bus to the zoo, we decided to do the places we needed a bus to get to, to save money on unnecessary bus trips and used that day solely for that purpose. if it didn't fit, we didn't do that particular site visit. planning and communication is key!

12:45PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

thanks!

6:21AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

An important aspect of vacation is just changing your normal patterns of thinking. If you do that, then you can be relaxed and happy without needing to leave home or spend loads of money. You might still choose to go away, but you won't have to.

Most of us are living in the future and filling every moment with "shoulds": to do lists, anxiety of what people think, whether or not we'll succeed, planning, etc. Take one day a week to stop all that and live in the moment.

Shut off the electronics and focus on the aspects of our lives that make us happy. Go for a walk and enjoy the flowers. Sit in the garden in the sunshine. Go to the park (or free museum or...) and spend time truly enjoying the friends you are with. A day of re-connecting with gratitude and appreciation and you'll be as revived as if you spent a week on vacation.

11:17PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

No stress at all, but these are good tips, thanks!

11:25AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Good advice - thanks

6:45AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

thanks

6:45AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Good

5:41AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Thanks for the guidelines!

4:43AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

thanks

12:42AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

noted, thanks

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