Have real fun. What makes vacations special for you? What experiences do you really enjoy at the time and treasure in memory? Is it the relaxed times with your family that are so rare in your pressured everyday lives? Is it the thrill of riding down the water slide at an amusement park, or the beauty of sunset over the ocean? Whatever real fun means to you, be sure you get as much of it as you can while you are on vacation. Focus on what brings you real pleasure and forget the other stuff.

Keep the big picture in mind. Vacations are short. Most times that's a bad thing, but for those who struggle to make good choices on vacation, that can also be a good thing. No matter how far off track you get over vacation, you can get back on track quickly when your vacation ends – as long as you don't carry over a big dose of vacation guilt and discouragement.

Enjoy your vacation without guilt. Make the best choices you can while you are having fun. Then get back to your routine with the all the new energy and perspective having real fun can bring.

Richard Rubin, PhD, CDE, is an Associate Professor in Medicine and in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. An active member of the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators, Dr. Rubin has written over 100 articles, books, and book chapters for people with diabetes and for diabetes health care providers. He writes about emotional and behavioral issues related to diabetes for dLife.

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NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.

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Last Modified Date: February 15, 2013

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