Let me give you some back story on this post. I am currently at a spiritual retreat in the desert and I am debating going home. I have so much on my plate and lest us not forget the children and families I work for with special needs. I am so NOT a vacation person. I am, instead of sitting by the pool, or partaking in idle chit chat, blogging to convince myself to stay on this vacation that I committed myself to. This place is also pretty magnificent and healing. There are hundreds of treatments, healing installations and a beautiful desert that has so many stars at night that you feel like Javert in Les Mis.
Ok, so total first world problems. BUT not really. Why am I so compelled to return home? First I was concerned about a dear friend who is ill, but now she is better. Now I am worried about taxes and my clients and grocery shopping and my overly-pampered dogs. Does this overwhelm sound familiar? My dear grandmother said, and I know she meant it positively, that there is no sense in going on vacation if you are going to spend the whole time worrying about other people. There are also blogs like these that make me worry even more that I won’t have heightened relaxation when I get back. The query ‘Should I go on vacation” is so commonly searched for online that there is a quiz. So should I be here? Or should I be out on my quest to change the world — one exceptional kid at a time.
If you are reading this blog, you are likely the parent of an exceptional child, and you are wavering – book it. First, anticipation of vacation can definitely increase the happiness quotient upon returning. Second, you deserve it. This is clear. As caregivers and constant teachers, we should treat ourselves. Most importantly, you NEED it.
Here are some facts to mull over:
- A vacation can help you live up to 20% longer (Source: Business insider/ Home and Garden stating A study by the State University of New York at Oswego that surveyed 12,000 men between ages 35 and 57, found that men who go on vacation every year reduce their overall risk of death by 20 percent.
- Vacations have been shown to give you more daily energy. Who, as caregivers, doesn’t need more energy?
- You sometimes need a change of scenery to get an even better life hack or idea.
- You will be happier at work and at home.
- We have discussed the importance of nourishing your other relationships. A Wisconsin Medical Journal published findings that women who take two or more vacations a year are less likely to be depressed, tired, or unhappy with their marriage.
- Just planning a vacation will boost your happiness for eight weeks. Yup, just planning. Don’t worry we will come out with affordable and family with disabled child friendly tips soon!
Without vacations you are more likely to get sick. You need to be well to care for other people. (Remember to put your own oxygen mask on first (link to the love letter article to mothers with LD kids.)
- 53 percent of people say they came back from a vacation feeling more reconnected with their family.
As for me, I will toughen out my spiritual vacation, soaking up the desert wind and sun and the beauty of the outdoors. I really do it for you, my friends, readers and clients. Enjoy the beautiful photos of the deserts and me floating in a meditative state while taking “breath” classes. Start booking, increasing your happiness and feeling excited — soon we will come out with great, affordable vacations for families both on a budget and with a LD child.
Finally I will close with the wonderful words of John Muir, ““Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”