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Dealing With Stress from Traveling

Many of you will be getting ready to travel this Thanksgiving. While it's great to spend time with your friends and family for a home-cooked meal, getting there can really stress you out. Here are some tips to help you stay calm.

  • Try to be as prepared as possible. Wash, dry clean, and pack your clothes a couple days before, so you won't be running around trying to find your favorite pair of black pants before you have to make a flight.
  • Make a list of everything you need and check it off once it's packed so you're not worrying if you forgot something.
  • Call the airline before you're about to leave to make sure that your flight is on time. You'll be really frustrated if you show up, and your plane isn't leaving for another six hours.
  • Get to the airport early so you don't have to rush to your gate.
  • Pack yourself some wholesome snacks so you'll have something healthy to munch on in the car or plane. Skipping meals or eating nutritionally-desolate food while traveling won't doing anything to uplift your mood.

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  • Whether you're flying or driving, pack a fun book (have you read Eat, Pray, Love yet?). Pack along headphones and an iPod with your favorite relaxing music so you can tune out outside noise.
  • You can also use the time to sit quietly and meditate.
  • Exercising always help me de-stress. Pack workout clothes and sneakers so you can hit the gym with a friend or relative. Or pack yourself some great fitness videos and a laptop that plays DVDs.
  • Talk about your stress level with someone you're traveling with. It'll make you feel better to communicate your feelings. If you're traveling alone, write in your journal.
  • If you can, get home a day before you have to go back to work, so you can have some time to unwind and relax alone.


Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
The more prepared you are - the easier it is on you! Serisouly, that's the truth! I plan WEEKS ahead fo ANY trip, mainly because I am excited, but it still really helps. I started plannign my Europe trip 6 months before I left haha! Doing research helps too. I found out lots about the airports and standards they have, and it all really came in handy when the big day arrived!
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
I'm traveling tonight, but it's with an 18 month old little girl so it's more than just sticking on some headphones and relaxing...I'm so nervous about it.
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
Those are great tips! I will be flying off to Barcelona and Paris in 2 weeks so am so looking forward to the great sights and shopping!!
almost-famous almost-famous 9 years
I've never travled before but the way I deal with stress is by listening to music...alone.
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