While ‘tis the season to be merry, for many, it’s also a season for higher stress, anxiety, and angst, which leads one to behave in ways we will regret later.
During this time of year, many people slip comfortably into unhealthy habits—they may cave in to sugar cravings, have more alcohol and overdose on caffeine.
In part, that’s because, during the holidays, people tend to experience heightened emotions.
You may feel overcome by loneliness, become annoyed by meddling relatives or lose patience with your loved ones.
Traveling during the holidays
We can all agree that the effects of holiday stress are very important to recognize.
So before you do any more travel during the holidays try adding in a little bit of organization.
We know it will reduce the effects of stress and you will have a much more enjoyable time regardless if it is by plane, train or automobile.
Adopting tips that will help us through the difficult times will it build your resilience and it can actually make the holidays much more enjoyable.
Here are our a few of our top travel tips
- Plan holiday travel itineraries in advance and try to pick flights that aren’t prone to delays by travel during off-peak hours
- Pull out your suitcase or a large box a week ahead of travel and start putting items in the box you know you will be taking with you.
- Plan to have your suitcases packed two days before travel, leaving departure day for assembling your bathroom essentials
- Make sure to have a healthy breakfast before getting on the road, prep the night before making it even easier
- Never assume travel will be unpleasant
- Start out well-rested
- Build-in extra money to your travel budget in case of emergencies
- Arrive at the airport or other station an extra hour early to more easily take care of any last-minute challenges that may come up
- Expect to run into snags and when they happen to remember to take deep breaths before you speak
- Pack light and carry on your bag, rather than checking it if you aren’t staying for a long time
- Allow extra time to travel from place to place and expect heavy traffic
- Send your gifts in advance or take gift cards
- Limit alcohol and caffeine during travel
- Pack plenty of healthy snacks that travel well without refrigeration (jerky, nuts, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, mozzarella sticks, tangelos, simple ingredient protein bars)
- Bring plenty of things to keep the kids happily occupied, hopefully, you followed the link to Heather’s blog on traveling with the littles!
- Make waiting times go faster and regain a happy holiday feeling by meditating
- Download a few meditation apps and give them a try such as Headspace, Calm, or Insight Timer. Each has a free trial and are a great way to begin your practice.
- Use portable meditation props, such as a favorite image on your smartphone or tablet
- Slow down and be considerate of others, smile and say hello when you are walking by
- Pay it forward, if you decide to get a coffee or tea, pay for an extra one and let the barista give it to the next person inline
- Plan to arrive at your holiday destination rested and excited to share your holidays with loved ones
Meditation for Holiday Travel
Now, we know that the thought of this probably has you with a vision of yourself sitting in the middle of the airport twisted like a pretzel with your fingertips together chanting OMMM…..Yeah, well no!
That is actually is what initially turned us off to meditation years ago. It didn’t “feel right” but all of the gurus said that this was how it was to be done.
Do you know what we said to that? See ya gurus!
Here is a very simple way to meditate while you are traveling by any method and not feel like a meatball in the process.
Our Travel Meditation for you
- Sit up straight and relax your shoulders
- Let distracting thoughts dissolve away as you focus on deep breathing
- Think about your destination and the loved ones you’ll be visiting
- Remember that you’re surrounded by people making similar plans – just like you
- Focus on taking deep breaths – inhale and count to 5 then exhale while counting to 10, repeat a few times
- Once you’re feeling relaxed and happy, let go of the details and enjoy that warm feeling
- Imagine wrapping up those good feelings and presenting them to everyone around you
- Gradually return your attention to the present moment
- Remind yourself of the calm you felt while meditating and let that stay with you during your travels
To your health and wellness and wish you very safe & calm holiday travel!