In between modern technology and long workdays, Rabbi Shmuley says many Americans are too plugged into the office to break away from the rat race—even for a much-needed family vacation. In the midst of this American vacation crisis, Rabbi Shmuley offers advice to help you relax and take a true break from the daily grind so you can enjoy your family during vacation.
Ways to Relax and Unplug on a Family Vacation:
Leave your BlackBerry and laptop at home. Studies have proven that people who are still electronically hooked to their office while on vacation are less likely to receive the benefits of a real vacation and more likely to burn out, Rabbi Shmuley says. "If you're really hooked in, go somewhere where there is no cell or Internet service!" he says.
Prepare for some stress. "Acknowledge to yourself that a trip with your family can be stressful—and that's okay!" he says.
You need a plan. You don't have to plan your vacation hour by hour, but do some planning, Rabbi Shmuley says. Making sure there are some activities that can be done together as a family—some that will make for lasting memories and some that give people alone time—is a great way to plan, he says.
Printed from Oprah.com on Thursday, March 13, 2014