More Tips To Help You Cope With Travel-related Stress
From packing to driving to flying to returning home again, we invited more experts to share their less-stress travel tips with Therapy Soup.
Jennifer Ordinas, Acupuncture Physician
As an acupuncturist I use a specific stress reducing protocol and suggest that my patients carry either Bach’s Stress Remedy or Kava Kava liquid depending on how high their anxiety level go. I also find that having
patients learn EFT or tapping techniques to reduce anxieties helps as well.
These tips work really well for someone who becomes stressed or experiences light to moderate anxiety during travel. If the person is experiencing more of a phobia, these tips help, but its recommended that you supplement with stronger acupuncture treatments, psychological therapies, or hypnosis to ease the anxiety.
Joe Gurkoff, Author of How Can I Help?
Many times returning home can be a downer. The vacation is over and there’s nothing to look forward to but catching up on all the work that now has to be done. That’s why it’s a good idea to plan the next vacation while packing or on the way home. Having a future vision of the next vacation can be an antidote to the demoralizing effect of getting back to the daily grind.
Plan to return home a day before having to return to work and vow to make it a ‘mental health day’ reserved for things like sleeping late, going for a walk or to the gym, finishing a book, baking cookies, making art or looking out the window. If this isn’t possible start reading a book on vacation and finish it at home.
Melody Wilding, LMSW
Mastering the art of stress-less travel begins before leaving home. A smart tactic is to prepare “blueprints” or instructions for how to deal with certain situations, such as running a meeting or paying bills, that enable the show to go on while you’re away. This tactic is great for travelers who shoulder many personal and professional responsibilities at home, like entrepreneurs and moms.
& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2013). More Tips To Help You Cope With Travel-related Stress. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 25, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2013/11/more-tips-to-help-you-cope-with-travel-related-stress/