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4 Reasons Why Moms Who Love Traveling Are The Best

4 Reasons Why Moms Who Love Traveling Are The Best

My mom absolutely loves to travel. A few months ago, we went to South Carolina together to stay in a resort close to the beach with our family. Taking some time to reflect on this trip, I’ve realized just how awesome moms who love to travel are and how lucky I am to the son of one. Here are some of the reasons why.

1. They help you grow

If there’s one thing my trip to South Carolina with my family has taught me, it’s this:

The more I travel, the more I learn about the world, and the more I grow.

Travel-loving moms realize they limit their kids’ growth by keeping them in one spot their whole lives. They encourage and even push us to do more traveling so we can experience all the world has to offer.

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2. They teach you the value of money — and the value it doesn’t have

Traveling can be very expensive, and oftentimes families need to be frugal in order to afford a vacation every once in a while.

I understand this, and I felt bad that we had to spend money in order to spend time together. I expressed these feelings to my mom and this is what she said to me:

“Bill, you can always earn more money. Time spent with family traveling and seeing the world is priceless and is far more important to me than paper in my pocket. Always remember that.”

Needless to say, it’s a life lesson I’ll never forget.

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3. They give their kids the reigns to resolve their own conflicts

One of the worst things any parent can do is smother their kids and keep them from experiencing some of the pain the world has to offer. While I’m sure these parents mean well, by solving their kid’s problems for them, they’re keeping their kids from learning to fend for themselves.

During our trip to South Carolina, we had 5 people jammed into a very tiny sedan. There was little to no legroom as all of our things wouldn’t fit in the truck, so some of it sat at our feet. The middle seat in the back was the worst — and that’s what my sister and I got into a fight over.

She refused to take the middle seat and locked me out of the car. I got angry and profanities came out.

Did mom speak up to stop us, cracking the whip of parenthood? Did she tell one of us to suck it up and sit in the middle?

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Nope. She let us hash it out for ourselves. Looking back on it now, I didn’t handle it very well — I was a 22-year-old guy screaming at his little sister over a two-foot space in a car for 20 minutes. Yikes.

However, 10 minutes after the rage came out, we ended up hugging it out and making up. We both apologized and it was a lesson learned. Mom knew what she was doing the whole time!

4. They allow their kids the freedom to figure out the world for themselves

You know those parents who never let their kids out of their sight? That’s the exact opposite of moms who love to travel.

These moms let their kids have the freedom they need to go out into the world. They’re comfortable with their kids getting lost (within reason). Why? Because they know their kids need to figure out how to find their own way themselves.

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My mom let my sister (age 15) and my nephew (age 8) go on adventures by themselves to the beach and up the road. If they got lost or stuck somewhere, it would give them an opportunity to find their way out of it and learn from the experience (of course, mom was always just a phone call away).

So, if you’re a mom who loves to travel, you should feel proud knowing your kids are growing up smart. If you’re the kid of a mom who loves to travel, you should feel blessed to have her in your life.

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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