Summer is a prime travel time.
For many, travel brings on a lot of stress and anxiety.
This is especially true of those who already experience anxiety in their day-to-day lives.
Travel does not have to leave you feeling anxious and stressed for the whole trip.
Follow these six tips to stay stress free while traveling and enjoy your vacation!
Establish A Routine
Establishing a routine while on vacation can seem extremely counter-intuitive, but it is crucial for anxious travelers.
The goal of a vacation routine is implementing anything that you normally do at home, while you are traveling.
For example, if you start every morning with a coffee and muffin, do the same while you are on vacation!
It may not be the exact same coffee and muffin you get at home, but the routine will help calm nerves.
Many people have exercise in their daily routines at home.
If you go to the gym every day at home, visit the gym at the hotel or at least find a spot to do some pushups and an ab workout.
If you like to take an evening walk with your spouse, do the same thing on vacation.
The more routines from home that can be incorporated into your travels, the less stressed you will feel.
Eating healthy is important all the time but especially when traveling.
Eating fried and greasy foods will leave you feeling sick and more anxious.
Try to eat a well-balanced diet with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein.
Aim to avoid foods that are unhealthy.
They may taste good at the time, but it’s not worth it to feel sick and more anxious later.
A good way to plan for a trip of healthy eating is to do some research before leaving home.
Check out local restaurants, markets, and grocery stores. Know where to go to get healthy foods so once you arrive, you have a plan.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep can greatly affect levels of anxiety.
A sleepless night can leave people feeling anxious the next morning.
Travel can mean late nights and early mornings which can affect the quantity and quality of sleep.
To avoid anxiety due to lack of sleep on vacation, aim for 7-8 hours each night.
Even if this means heading back to the hotel room early, it is worth it.
Exercise may be the last thing you want to do on your vacation, but it can really help with anxiety.
A great time to exercise is upon arriving at the destination.
Travel can be stressful whether it is driving, flying, or taking a train.
A great stress reliever is to get moving as soon as possible after getting off the plane or out of the car.
This could be as simple as going on a walk.
Walking is a great way to both ease anxieties, and to explore the vacation spot.
If possible, get moving before you go back home as well.
Try to take a walk or go for a jog before your plane takes off.
Your body will release endorphins that will stick with you as you navigate the anxieties of airport security!
Stay as active as possible throughout the vacation to remain free of stress.
Essential oils are a great tool for staying relaxed during travel.
Lavender is a wonderful, relaxing oil to use throughout your trip.
Rub it on your wrists and neck before getting on a plane or in the car for relaxing aromatherapy benefits.
Lavender is also a good oil to use before going to sleep at night.
Rub some on your wrists and feet before going to sleep for a relaxing night of rest.
Ylang Ylang and Jasmine are two other oils that promote relaxation.
Some travel anxiety comes to those who experience motion sickness.
Have no fear!
There is an oil for that!
Peppermint is helpful with nausea.
Rub some on your wrists and temples before getting on a plane or in a car.
The scent will help deter nausea caused by motion sickness.
Last but not least, one of the most important ways to stay relaxed on vacation is through meditation.
Carve out 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening to sit and be still with your thoughts.
The act of meditating helps the mind to cycle through thoughts and worries and reach a more peaceful, anxiety-free state.
It is important to note that this practice of meditation needs to be implemented well before the trip begins.
It is impossible to meditate for the first time on vacation and see positive results.
Gaining peace from meditation is due to a consistent practice.
Once you have mastered the art of meditation, you will be able to do it anywhere which will greatly help your travel related anxiety.
Turbulence on the plane?
Meditate! Can’t fall asleep in the hotel room?
Getting stressed out waiting for the subway which is 10 minutes late?
Start your practice today and begin reaping the benefits and preparing to use this tool during travel.
Imagine a vacation where you can actually enjoy yourself and be stress free.
It is possible!
Plan ahead ways you can use the six tips above to create a sense of peace and wellness on your vacation.
Before departing, create lists about how you can use these strategies during your trip.
During and after your trip, journal about the strategies you used and how they helped your overall levels of anxiety.
Rank your anxiety each day on a scale of 1-10.
Analyze which tools were most helpful to you and focus on those throughout your travels.
Remember, no trip will be perfect, but by using these tools, anxious moments will be farther and fewer between.
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