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This weekend myself and my husband and our 3 kids AND my dad are going on a 10 day vacation. Some of the days will be really busy and filled with crowds, and others will be more laid back and relaxed.
I do quite well meditating in my daily life. Waiting for kids at sports, standing in the checkout line, and so on. But all those things are built into my routine and it's easy to know I will have those times.
This vacation will be something else. Yes, I know all about staying present and mindful. But being quite introverted I am going to need moments that I can stop and breathe just to myself. I will not have much chance other than showering to take myself out of the bustle of our day. But I will need to be able to do it mentally if I am going to survive such a long period of time with so many people in fairly close quarters.
There will no doubt be quiet moments to steal in the car, or walking to the ice machine. But we are doing Disney and Seaworld and some other things where quiet moments will be hard to come by for the entire day. How do you manage situations like that? A few weeks ago we were at the Mall of America, and within 4 hours, I was completely done and needed out before I started punting small children out of my way. The constant echoing and lack of fresh air and natural light really got to me, so thankfully that wouldn't be the case at least during our vacation. But I want to maintain my balance as best I can so I don't lose it and start kicking my children (Yes, I am kidding, but I will lose it and snap at them and I don't want to do that on our one dream vacation as a family if I can prevent it).