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Stress Tips for Vacation and Life

My husband and I just returned from hiking with another couple in the various terrains and rarified air of the Canadian Rockies. Although the connecting flights from New York to Calgary were physically and mentally challenging - like a modern-day version of a medieval quest, the natural, fragrant beauty I encountered was mystical and well worth the journey.

Hiking for us meant using stress-management skills- especially on vacation which can be fraught with unexpected stress. The required skills include: preparation, core stability, balance, focus, awareness, a sense of humor and an eye for joy. The environment and weather were constantly changing despite our valiant attempts to organize. We dressed in layers and tread carefully and respectfully. We were rewarded with amazing vistas.

Since we traveled with friends who prefer shopping malls, fine dining and museums to hiking and roughing it, juggling interests and adapting to far more than the mountainous environment were necessary. Here are some de-stressing strategies that helped us in our journey. Fortunately, these concrete skills can be transferred to daily living.
Although piled-up work waits for me, my heart feels at ease. My creativity levels are higher because I took a vacation. I am tackling each task - one at a time. I have concluded that multi-tasking is actually less efficient and more stressful. How wonderful to balance work with play. Well, it’s time for a coffee break…
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, and a personal trainer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WHLI 1100AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com

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