Beating Travel Stress

Learn How to Loose the Stress Of Traveling

Beating Travel Stress

Travel is great! It expands your mind and adds adventure to every relationship. It’s also terribly stressful, and without the right tools to counter that stress, you may be too consumed with survival to kick back and have a good time. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, a few simple tips and tricks can help you overcome the drama so you can step into the sunshine with a smile on your face glowing skin, and a positive attitude.

Get Enough Sleep

Do you find your travel companions irritating? You probably aren’t getting enough sleep while you’re abroad. Although there are plenty of challenges apart from catching enough z’s, sleep is the ultimate miracle cure for mood, health, and endurance. Sleeping during travel isn’t always easy, though, especially when you have to contend with jet lag.

The best way to deal with jet lag is to make advanced preparations. Anticipate the time difference and take the edge off by adjusting your sleep schedule by increments the week before you leave. If that doesn’t work, then be prepared to have one really long day when you arrive. Stay up until it’s the proper time of day to sleep. Consider it a chance to try the local coffee shops! This one day may not be fun, but it will help reset your inner clock to follow the appropriate schedule.

Practice healthy sleeping habits during the rest of your trip, too. Try to follow a schedule, and make sure you’re getting enough hours every night. You may feel like you’re missing out by going to bed early, but you’ll enjoy your waking hours more if you do.

Take Portable Therapy Tools

Sometimes, travel angst and anxiety are just unavoidable. Planes get delayed, you struggle to understand the local bus system, or the currency baffles you. Maybe your travel buddy is just a little too energetic for you to handle, or the water pressure in the shower just isn’t up to par. Whatever happens, a few therapy tools can help.

Experiment at home with things like aroma therapy and gadgets like fidget spinners, stress balls, or moldable putty. Young Living Essential Oils can help you deal with headaches on the road. Toys like a fidget spinner or Rubik’s Cube let you work out nervous energy so it doesn’t keep cycling and building in your system. These little goodies may already be part of your daily life. They should go in your travel bag, too.

Bring Your Own Skincare Products

Stress does horrible things to your skin. Changing up your entire skincare routine every time you check into a new hotel only makes things worse. Take your skincare basics with you and leave the hotel “face and body” bar alone. Your go-to moisturizer, cleanser, and serum won’t take up that much space in your bag, and they could save you a stressful hour at the vanity and a day buried under cakey foundation.

Eat Smart

Food is one of the best parts of traveling, but make sure your breakfast doesn’t sabotage your entire day. Again, stress messes with your whole body, and digestive issues commonly plague travelers. You don’t need to eat bran every day, but look for fresh, healthy options as often as possible. Try the local fruits and veggies! Does the area have a special kind of salad or vegetable-heavy stew? If you’re near the water, you just have to try some fish, right? Eating smart doesn’t have to mean eating bland. It just means you’re making conscious decisions and looking for flavor over fat and sugar—which you can get back home, anyway.

Everyone experiences travel stress differently, but these tips will take the edge off it. The ultimate trick is to just listen to your body. Give it the sleep and nutrition it needs, and use healthy coping mechanisms when you need them. Relax and have a good time!

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Dennis McKonkie
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