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  • Writer's pictureRachel Jarabeck

Vacation Therapy?

A client recently returned from a trip to Key West with her family, and posted the following on her LinkedIn page:

Two weeks ago I had a constant headache, my jaw was tight, and a restful night’s sleep felt so out of my reach, I gave up and added more coffee to my morning routine. I felt out of touch with my kids who just finished their school year and conversations with my husband centered only around things happening at work.

This was not a a sustainable way to live. My kids deserved more and I owed it to myself and my family to rest my mind and body—to release the stress and live in the moment with them.

If you are feeling the same way, please use those vacation and personal days. Whether you take a family trip, spend a day with your kids/partner/spouse, read outside, tend to your garden or start a fun home project, just DO IT.

As I prepare to head back to work tomorrow after our family trip, I am thankful for the time we spent together having fun, being in the moment and taking in the beautiful scenery around us. I can see and feel the difference—I’m ready to take on this week.

I'm sharing it with her permission, because it underscores the importance of time away with people we love. Sure, we have weekends and staycations. But how much of that time is spent running errands, working around the house, and just catching up from the work week?

Travel is therapy. It allows us to focus on our family and friends, catch up on what we miss dashing from one activity to another.

Ready to plan your next trip? I'd love to help. Just as soon as I return from my OWN family vacation!

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