We all suffer from stress from time to time, and that doesn’t just stop because we’re on holiday. In fact, quite the opposite. There are certain things about traveling that can make it and even more stressful, and for some that can be incredibly detrimental on their lives.
Millions of people around the world have severe issues with stress, anxiety, depression and addiction, and the last thing someone that has been through a rehabilitation centre, for example, wants to do is relapse while they’re meant to be enjoying the trip of a lifetime.
No matter what stress can do to you though, nobody wants to seriously suffer while away from home, so here are our top tips on how to deal with stress when you’re on your travels…
Firstly, identify your trigger points
When it comes to traveling, there are certain elements that can bring you stress and will obviously do so. Things such as security checks, lost luggage or trying to navigate a city’s metro system can do that. So, prepare yourself for that.
By making a mental note that certain things could occur at these points, such as getting lost, will help you deal with that stress should it happen. Additionally, you can prepare much more efficiently for it not to happen.
Think about when you go away and what usually causes you stress, note them down, and also any solutions you may have to deal with them.
Set your mood each day
It may be that to deal with stress at home you partake in certain activities to relieve stress and improve your mood. That may be something you do first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening. Don’t stop that just because you aren’t at home. If you go for a run every morning, then do the same when you’re on vacation. Equally, if you do yoga, take half an hour in your hotel room to do the same, or better still find a yoga class near where you are staying.
These things can help lift your mood and think much more clearly about any stresses and overcoming them.
Have your home comforts
Simply being away from home can cause different degrees of stress and it may be that you just need a little reminder of home to ease that feeling.
Think about the things you treasure most at home and what may be suitable for travel. It could be as simple as a photograph or blanket, but if you look at it or use it, if it makes you feel warm and comforted, then it could be well worth packing in your back for any difficult periods while away.