©Arlene R. Taylor PhD
Vacations are often at the top of one’s wish list as a way to reduce stress. And yet vacations can be stressful in their own right. Vacation stress can be categorized in several different ways. For example, as:
- Eustress (by-choice stress even though the brain and body are being asked to do something very different from the usual routine)
- Distress (undesirable stress when outright negative situations or events occur)
- Misstress (hidden stress that is often missed because it occurs so commonly such as losing one’s keys, long lines of traffic, crowded restaurants)
Distress or misstress may occur when vacations involve individuals whose preferences differ dramatically. Sometimes just by recognizing and identifying the way in which each individual is likely to approach vacations, travelers can minimize the potential for experiencing negative outcomes. Following are examples to consider.
Individuals with an energy advantage in this division tend to want to accomplish something on vacation and may agree to go if they can accomplish a goal or two in the process.
Individuals with an energy advantage in this division tend to want adventure and entertainment on vacation
Individuals with an energy advantage in this division tend to want to plan the vacation in minute detail and then follow the itinerary carefully
They may be:
Individuals with an energy advantage in this division tend to want to connect with family and friends on vacation