Vacationing — Important for the Mind and Body
To me vacations are important for so many reasons. It is a way to checkout, de-stress and really just have fun. It doesn’t have to be some lavish trip to a 5-star hotel in the middle of the south pacific either. Personally, I am the biggest fan of a staycation! If you do some research, you’ll find there are lots of places in your area that can be considered a “staycation”. With my busy schedule, sometimes a staycation is just what I need to relax, forget my workload even just for a minute, and catch up on activities with my family. I learned that I really don’t have to go far or spend lots of money to have fun. However, if you can make it work, I HIGHLY recommend going on an adventure!
Last year, my family went to Hawaii, and though my wife had just had our second baby 7 weeks prior, we made it a priority to do something for ourselves there. We had family with us who watched the kids and Lisa and I went for a long, beautiful walk together. We strolled through a sugar cane field and walked up a hill to get to a beautiful waterfall. It was so amazing to experience that with her.
It has really been a challenge for us to try to do things for ourselves, especially with our kids and life with RRMS, but it is so important to nurture my relationship and have a distraction away from our daily life. It is good for my health and wellbeing. Having RRMS means not knowing what tomorrow will bring, so whenever I can, I always find it’s in my best interest to try new things, new experiences and make the most of life today.
I would hate to wake up one morning and not feel as well as I do now, and not take the time to do things that are important to me. I don’t want to have any regrets and I don’t want to take any experiences for granted.
I am planning another vacation this year after my busiest work season is over, and I will be sure to include something for Lisa and me to do. Adventuring with your spouse or partner is such a great way to further your connection with each other.
Doing something outside of your normal schedule can be very rejuvenating for two people who are constantly doing the same thing over and over day to day. So, I encourage you to go outside, breathe in the fresh air, and appreciate what you have today because you might not have the same opportunity tomorrow. Carpe diem my friends!
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