We all know that time together as a family is important, and taking the opportunity to unwind together can connect us in ways that would otherwise not be possible as we make our way through the hustle and bustle of daily life.
But if we don't plan, schedule and act, we can miss out on some of life's greatest joys. Here are four reasons why taking a family vacation is important and great for your overall wellbeing and quality of life.
They provide a chance to unwind as a family. Day to day life can be stressful. You are probably juggling a few or all of the following; work, school, household chores, community commitments, kids events, pets, money, planning along with many additional responsibilities. This can lead to burn out and unwanted or unnecessary friction in a family. Taking a vacation, even if for just a few days, can give everyone a chance to relax and escape from those responsibilities. Think of it as pressing a reset button of sorts.
They provide an opportunity to experience new things together. Ditch the boxes, aka...televisions, iPads, laptops and cell phones. Perhaps even take a break from Social Media entirely (Gasp!).
You can now achieve things as a family that you'd only dreamed of. Things like riding a horse through the high plains of Wyoming, hiking the Appalachian Trail, attending a sporting event of a favorite team in a different city, taking a volunteer vacation based upon a mutually shared interest etc. When families vacation together, these experiences become backbones of family stories and can be shares over and over again as the years go by.
Play is not just for kids. Taking time to play has powerful benefits for children as well as adults. Play involves anticipation, using your imagination, surprise and just letting yourself go. Adults who play can gain valuable insights when the whimsical nature of play time is fully under way. It can be liberating for adults and a great way to connect with kids. There is something about being in a vacation setting which prompts the playful side of all of us. Make time to play while you are away.
Relationships are enriched. Vacations make memories which are part of the glue that binds us. A get away of just a couple days can make a big impact on rekindling a flame, repairing misunderstandings or seeing a relationship in an entirely new light...adult to adult, child to child and adult to child. A vacation can provide an opportunity to talk with one another, learn new skills or discover new interests....together.
All of this results in creating family bonding time, an opportunity to press the reset button and decrease your stress levels, the ability to teach kids about the importance of planning and saving for those things that are important to you and enhancing the love you share together as a family.
So if you haven't had one recently, schedule your next family vacation today! We'll even help you out with an opportunity to get up to $250 in Wellness Dollars towards your next get away. Click here for everything you need to know.
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