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Even the most patient, saintly person in the world can get frustrated with their spouse after a long road trip. This is particularly pertinent when RVing. You’re not only spending hours in your tow vehicle getting to your destination, but also living in close quarters. Thankfully, in today’s day and age you have more space and amenities in your RV, which means you can easily get away to take some “me time.” Here are some tips for staying sane while sharing space with your family.
Before you head out on your trip set realistic expectations. Most couples need space, so don’t feel bad if you find yourself wanting to take a breather. You don’t always have to be together to enjoy your trip. When you stop at a rest area, take a little walk around and breathe in the fresh air. Do a little yoga in a green patch.
Create Road Rules
Determine in advance who gets to choose the radio station, how navigation will work, and what you’re going to do if you get lost. I can’t tell you how many small arguments could be avoided if you just set some road rules. If the driver gets to choose the music, then let them. If the passenger helps navigates make sure they understand what you will need in terms of directions. For example, some people will say turn left while other say turn west. Do you prefer directions or positions? Let them know in advance.
Pick your Battles
So, you’re driving down the road and decide you don’t like the music that’s on.You have two choices. The first is to change the channel. Hopefully you’ll ask first. If, however, you don’t get your way, consider letting it go and putting on your headphones. Not everyone likes the same music or audiobooks and that’s OK. Don’t start an argument that doesn’t need to happen.
Thing The Best of Each Other
It’s really easy to get frustrated with your spouse. Little things that never before bothered you suddenly do. Instead of thinking about these things constantly, try thinking the best of each other. Don’t assume that every comment your spouse is making is intended to hurt you. So many arguments can be avoided if we just assume the other person has positive intentions.
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