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Five tips for a stress-free holiday

Vacations are meant to be relaxing, but we all know that peace of mind doesn’t always come so easily. Packing, travel time, delays, and other stressors can really get in the way of your ability to settle down and enjoy yourself.


Next time you’re preparing for some time away, consider these tips to help ensure you’re avoiding any travel anxiety.  



Mental Prep 

Before you start all the packing and planning, take a moment to visualize your forthcoming endeavor, and mentally prepare for any possible stressors that often come with travelling. This way, you can start the process off with a certain amount of acceptance, and when those stressors arise, you won’t be thrown off your game. Instead, you’ll be able to deal with them like a pro because you were mentally ready for them.

It may be difficult for some of the, “type A,” personalities out there to see the value in this, but a little bit of mental prep will work wonders for your overall ability to cope with any unexpected bumps in the road. 



Part of our vacation-related stress comes from the fact that we’re addicted to our technologies. 

By now, this should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. No matter how much we say we want to “get away from it all,” there’s always a part of us that wants to stay plugged in and up to date with the news of the world. 

Of course, you can’t not bring your phone with you on vacation, but you can limit the amount of time you allow yourself to use it, and above all else — turn off your notifications. Constant buzzes and beeps from your phone are guaranteed to distract from your relaxation goals. 


Go All-Inclusive 

One of the best ways to avoid feeling stressed out on your vacation is to go somewhere where everything is taken care of for you. 

All-inclusive resorts have everything you need: food, drinks, activities, and excursions ready for you to choose, so you don’t have to spend hours planning or worrying about those things. 

If you don’t want to be rooted to one location, all-inclusive luxury cruises can provide all of these comforts while still giving you the ability to explore different locations. The upfront cost of an all-inclusive may scare some people away, but the benefits and peace of mind are well worth the price. 


Balance Activities with Relaxation] 

How many times have you come back from a vacation and thought, “I’m so tired, I need a vacation from my vacation?” Or maybe you’ve returned home thinking, “It was nice, but I didn’t really do much.” 

Some people prefer to plan activities for every day they’re away, trying to squeeze in as much fun as possible. These are the people who end up feeling more exhausted by their time away. Others end up doing so much relaxing, they feel unproductive and dissatisfied. 

Finding the right balance between these two ideals is the best way to make sure you’re able to fully recharge, while still experiencing new and exciting things. 


Hold On to Your Health 

Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean you should forget about your health and fitness routines. All too often we find ourselves saying, “It’s ok, I’m on vacation,” as an excuse to skip your morning run, have an extra snack, or replace dinner with desert.

While it certainly is fun to indulge a little, letting go of your routine completely will only make it harder for you to get back into it once you get home. Not to mention, excess will cause you to feel passive and lethargic for the bulk of your vacation, leaving you unable to enjoy it. So make sure to pack your running shoes, and do your best to maintain a (relatively) balanced diet


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Published: 7 September 2019

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