1. Arrive Early
Making sure you are not rushed to get through security will make your airport experience much smoother. Give yourself enough time to account for traffic and unexpected delays.
2. Plan ahead
Buying presents, packing and booking accommodations and reservations should be done early in order to avoid the extra stress. If you need to make any booking or reservations, do so well in advance, things get taken up very quickly around the holidays.
3. Make a packing list
Make sure you’re not forgetting anything for your trip and prepare a detailed packing list one to two weeks in advance. This will give you time to mull things over and add items you might have otherwise forgotten.
4. Load your playlist with relaxing music
Having some mellow music on your playlist will relax you in case you start getting anxious. However, if rap is more relaxing to you, use that as your outlet!
5. Take time for yourself, treat yourself
The holidays don’t normally leave much time for our selves, but if you’re feeling your anxiety levels creeping up, find time to relax. Whether it’s a massage, a hot bath or even just a beer while you’re waiting at the airport, take some time.
6. Don’t drink too much
Alcohol is a depressant, which makes anxiety, stress and evidently depression worst. Avoid over drinking, especially if you’re feeling down.
7. Mindfulness apps
There are a lot of apps for your smartphone, which are designed to help you find peace and calmness with varying methods. Download one free like this and use it regularly to keep you Zen.
8. Bring earplugs
If you’re getting overwhelmed with the hustle and shuffle around you, use your earplugs to drown out the noise.
Some find it helpful to write, draw, read, or knit. Find an activity that relaxes you and use it to unwind. Try a coloring book like this, perfect for travelers!
10. Be physically active
Physical activity releases endorphin which makes us happier – go for a run, get your yogi on or have a romantic night with your other half. If you’re sitting at the airport, go for a walk or do some stretches to get some release.
11. Be mindful of what you focus on
Focusing on the things that stress you out will only make it worst. If your family makes you go nuts, try to find something else positive to focus on – maybe uncle Bob will get too drunk again and take the attention away from you!
12. Stay healthy and hydrate
Nobody wants to be sick over the holidays! Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, eating healthy and getting lots of rest!
If you need something to take your mind off that stressful week you just had, chatting up the lady sitting next to you at the airport lounge might just provide the right distraction. I always find the most interesting people in airports!
14. Pay it forward
Finally, paying it forward is another option to make you feel good, which in turns lowers your stress levels. Buy a coffee for your neighbor, or bring a hot meal to the homeless person who sits around the corner from your work every day. You will make their day, and I guaranty you will feel great afterwards!
There you go, a few tips to keep you sane and healthy during the holidays! Let us know in the comments if you have any other tips that could be helpful for your fellow travelers. Happy travels and have a great holiday season!
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