Vacations are all about getting away from the stresses of everyday life, but, ironically, they come with their own bucketload of stress. Whether you realize it or not, travelling takes its toll physically and mentally, from the moment you start planning, right up until you return home, especially if you’re not great at planning trips and have left everything to the last minute. The good news is that you don’t have to feel this way; There are plenty of things that you can do to make your trip a lot more enjoyable. Here are a few changes that you should make to stop stress while you’re travelling.
Don’t Expect The Worst
Things go wrong all the time, but that doesn’t mean that you should sit around expecting the worst to happen. Of course, ignoring potential troubles won’t do you any good either, so go over a few different scenarios in your head and think about what you could do to handle them. For example, what would you do if you forgot your phone charger? The worst result would be that you couldn’t use your phone on the trip, which isn’t too bad, but you can easily buy power cords abroad, so there’s no need to worry.
Start Planning ASAP
You are always going to feel more stressed if you’re unorganized, so start planning your trip as soon as you know that you want to go on one. If you have a property abroad, this will save you time and money booking accommodation, but if you don’t, start looking at comparison websites to find the best hotel that suits your needs. You also need to sort out how you’re going to get to the airport and book flights. Both flights and accommodation can be booked for cheaper if you book earlier, which can also reduce your stress, as you’ll have more money for on your trip.
Simplify Your To-Do List
When you’re planning, you’ll probably start to write a to-do list of things that you want to do while you’re away. What you should remember is that this process is supposed to be fun, so, if you’re feeling stressed, you probably need to take a few things off your list. Of course, you’re going to want to get as many fun things done as possible but only plan to do the things that you definitely don’t want to do and can’t miss out on. Then, if you happen to have any spare time or something doesn’t go to plan, you have backup activities to choose from.
Sort A Routine
Most people see a vacation as an escape from routine, and decide to eat and sleep whenever they want to or have time to. While this is okay for some people, for most of us, this is a huge mistake. The human body runs on lots of cycles, and so loves a routine. This means that, if you’re not eating, sleeping, and waking up at the same time every day, you’re going to get tired, irritable, and stressed, and so won’t enjoy your trip. Set a routine for your food and sleep, and when you’re planning what to do each day, make sure that your plans don’t clash with this routine.
Eat Nutritious Meals
It’s easy to eat out and order takeaways while you’re away, but this isn’t the healthiest option. If you don’t want to cook your own food, make sure that you know exactly what you’re eating, and order healthier and more nutritious meals rather than fat-filled fast food. Eating unhealthy food will only make you feel tired and sluggish, and so you won’t have the energy to enjoy your trip. It will also leave you vulnerable to illness, making it more likely for you to catch a bug while you’re away.
Find Time To Exercise
You may want to spend your holiday lay on the beach or by the pool, but you should fit some exercise into there too, especially if you’re used to exercising while you’re at home. This is because exercise is a great way to manage stress, as it triggers the release of chemical called endorphins, which combat feelings of anxiety. If you’re struggling to sleep in a different bed, exercise will also help you to fall asleep easier and is also useful for getting rid of toxins that can make you feel ill. Of course, if you’re doing lots of physical activities while you’re away, you may not have to fit exercise into your plans, but if you’re not, you definitely should.
Have Some Alone Time
Travelling with a group, or even as a couple, can be a lot of fun, but it can also get exhausting being around someone 24 hours of the day. Unless you want to get irritable and snap at your travelling companions, it’s essential that you take some time to yourself and relax away from everyone else. Even thirty minutes alone by the pool with a book will refresh your mind and get you ready for a new day of socializing, so don’t worry too much about not having enough time to get away for awhile.
Look Forward To Something
Unfortunately, your stress doesn’t end when your holiday is over. Once you realize that you’ve only got a day of relaxation left, you start to stress about packing, the state that your house is going to be in when you get home, and going back to work. Because of this, it’s essential that you have something to look forward to once your home. This could be something as simple as a coffee with a friend or a nice day out with the family in a few weeks.
Travelling is fun, exciting, and so much more, but it can also be a lot of work and can cause a lot of stress to your mind and body. Luckily, you don’t have to feel this way. It is possible to reduce the stress that you feel while travelling, so follow the advice above for a more enjoyable vacation.
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