Some people travel to relieve stress, and there are some who travel almost as a part of their schedule, but struggle to keep the ‘stress factor’ aside.
Stats are ‘asking for travel’. If someone spends five years without a vacation, their risk of having a heart attack increases by 30%. 80% of Americans agree that their stress levels significantly decreased after a trip. Women who take two yearly vacations are less likely to experience depression and chronic stress.
It might be hard to imagine vacationing without some degree of stress. You probably have a tight schedule, you may be waiting for that fantastic meal or that awesome view or that particular ‘wow’ factor moment. But all these expectations and much more can pile up and sometimes even ruin your vacation. To this end there are a few things you can do to make sure that the stress factor is under control:
If travel relieves your stress, you are on the right track – that’s exactly what travel is meant for. But for those who struggle with leaving stress aside while traveling, here are some ideas on how to leave it behind in your home, or, if nothing, at least lessen the effect of it while on the road.
9 Tips – how to leave stress aside while traveling?
1) Don’t have any set plans in advance
If you know what you are going to do, you will be less likely to think about how things might go wrong. But if your vacation is to be spontaneous – that’s even better. And if you do decide to make some plans, think about things that are fun.
For example, if you are going on a cruise, think about what you will do on shore. If you are going to Paris, think about what museums you might visit. You can always find free or low-cost activities for the day before and after your trip – and these can be fun little breaks that make your vacation go by faster.
2) Plan your travel but remember point 1
With your schedule, dates and topics to cover in the trip. And make sure that everything is covered – since you will have lots of time for nothing else on the road, you don’t want that ‘have-to-do-more’ list growing out of control.
Moreover, think about traveling during the week – since you will be really tired at night, you won’t have to worry about staying up late in order to get everything done, which will save you some precious energy.
3) Don’t check your emails or phone during vacations
Sure, it’s tempting to check the mail or to answer a few messages when you are on holiday. But think of all the stress that comes with that! Leaving your phone behind is also a good way to leave stress out of your life. If you want something important from home, only pick up your phone when you are back.
Many people use your phone as a ‘stress ball‘, but it is really not necessary. Even if you are just going to relax on the beach, don’t make calls or check the news – it’s just making the situation seem more stressful than it needs to be. If there is something special that you need to do on vacation, don’t feel pressured into doing it.
It’s also good to avoid looking at your day planner or calendar during your vacation – these things can make you feel stressed as well.
4) Take care of yourself
Taking care of yourself is a great way to relieve stress. Making time for things – like enjoy jogging, eating healthy or just taking a walk is a good way to get rid of your ‘daily stress’.
What’s more, you don’t have to worry about all sorts of clothes and casual shoes that you need for these activities. Just pack them in and grab them from your suitcase.
5) Get an assistant
You can leave your stress behind by thinking about fun things that you want to do on vacation. And if possible, try finding someone to do all the details for you – like checking into hotels or booking restaurants.
If you are worried about a few things or want to keep your options open – like booking extra nights in the hotel – you can always find a travel agent.
Or maybe, a virtual assistant? Why not take advantage of that fact that you are living in the 2020s, right?
6) Consider all the possible options
When you are vacationing, it can be hard to leave the stress of everyday life behind.
If you think about it, there are other ways of seeing the world besides travel.
Options like staycations, hiking and camping, going to concerts or live shows are all great ways of getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
7) Get rid of expectations – and let yourself be surprised
Expectations are a very real thing – and they can come with a lot of stress when traveling. It’s not unusual to have an expectation with the weather or the way the food tastes, or anything else. Just try not to build these expectations up too much, if at all possible.
You can also try leaving some things that you are looking forward to – like your favorite meal or that viewing point – for the end of your trip. This way, you can really enjoy the anticipation and build up excitement around them.
8) Go on vacation with a friend or family member
Going on vacation with friends is a great way to relieve stress. What’s more, it will be easy to leave stress behind when you have someone to share the fun of traveling with, not just the planning and packing process.
You will also be less likely, or at least better able, to keep all expectations in check. But traveling with a friend or family member is not a practicable solution for all, and it’s understandable.
9) Plan to meet new people
Meeting new people is a great thing to do on vacation – it’s not just something that helps relieve stress, but also creates room for some great stories and connections for the future.
While you might not always want to hang out with these people all of the time, meeting new people is a great way to help relax during your vacation.
You can enjoy as well as keep your travel memories alive in your mind enjoy if you follow the aforementioned tips and leave your stress aside while traveling. But remember – there is always life after vacations.
Also remember travelling is for refreshment, therefore it keeps stress at bay for most people. But if you struggle with stress during travel, as in life, there are ways to leave your stress behind.
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