Vacation is a great time to experience personal growth. There's usually little or no external pressure, so you can focus on developing some skills that will come in handy when you return to your daily routine.
Letting Go of Control
No matter how well you plan it, some things on vacation will be out of your control. Especially the weather can throw a wrench in the planning and you'll have to practice flexibility and be open to alternatives with a positive attitude.
Bring that attitude back to daily life with you and you'll find yourself getting less stressed out when the unexpected happens at work or in the home.
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
On vacation we're more willing to try new things and have new experiences. We're more open to the unfamiliar; sometimes even eager for novel experiences.
Bring that mindset home and you'll find yourself being more creative and more willing to try new approaches in your day-to-day life.
Present Moment Focus
On vacation we can be stopped short and struck with awe at a sunset, and eagle taking flight, a glacier calving in the distance. We're completely in the moment.
Bring that total focus on the present moment to your day-to-day life and watch yourself complete tasks more quickly and with better results.
On vacation we have time to reconnect in our relationship. There's a sense turning toward each other.
Use the experiences you shared to draw each other close and create intimacy through shared memories when you return home.
On vacation our focus is to enjoy ourselves. Too often people return home with a sense of having to return to the "crap" of their daily lives. If that's you, something needs to change in your daily life. Enjoyment shouldn't end the day you end your vacation.
Counseling can help you pinpoint the areas of your daily life that need to change so that you can live a life that is fulfilling - even when you're not on vacation!
Angela French, MFT
Providing counseling in Manteca, CA