5 Tips to Keep the Vacation Mindset

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Ah, vacation; there’s nothing like the feeling when you’re on one. There’s just something about waking up in your hotel room, looking out the balcony at the sunshine, and starting your day. No worries, no schedule, and all the time in the world, is how I prefer my time away from home. With my family’s vacation over a month away, I’ve started getting antsy thinking about everything I need to do to prepare for a week away from routine. What to bring? What to do with the dog? Can I incorporate a history lesson for the kids into the trip? How am I going to keep the kids entertained in the car? It’s overwhelming.

What makes vacation so much better than everyday life? Sure, there’s the view, and the food, and the entertainment. But LIFE can be a vacation; it’s all in our mindset. Here are a few tips to try to keep that in mind:

1.  Try something new! Vacations are filled with new experiences. Tap into that by trying a new restaurant, even if it’s a town away. You just might find somewhere else to explore along your drive.

2. Count your blessings. How many times have you been to a water park and there’s not one beach chair available? No one is sitting on them, but everyone has their towel or water bottle strategically placed so that no one will take their spot. Annoying, right? But one negative isn’t enough to make you forget that you’re at a water park! Focus on what you do have, not what you don’t.

3. Take in the beauty all around you. Whether you live near a beach, the mountains, a cobblestone street, or a roaring metropolitan; beauty is everywhere. Go to a local park and picnic or hike a nature trail. Absorb the outdoors; there’s nothing more pure.

4. Don’t sweat the small stuff. I can’t count how many times I’ve gotten lost on vacation. Taking the wrong exit is pretty much expected. But when you have the beach to look forward to, an extra half an hour on the road is no big deal. Don’t let something minuscule ruin your day.

5. Find time to laugh. Why is it that things are funnier on vacation? They’re really not, we’re just in the memory-making frame of mind. Keep that notion; make memories every single day.

Vacation itself is great, but the feeling that comes with it, is what we remember most.

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