While traveling can be fun and exciting, for many, it can also involve stress. From missing a flight to a lost hotel reservation, waiting in long lines to dealing with other stressed passengers, stress will inevitably be part of your vacation.
Don’t give in to it! This is your time away, after all.
Managing stress is an essential part of having a healthy lifestyle. If you don’t already have some stress-reducing tools at your disposal, listen up!
Meditation is a great stress reducer, but if you don’t already have a practice in place, just taking a few minutes to breathe will go a long way. When you feel your blood pressure rising because the kids are arguing or notice that your muscles are tight, simply do a full-body scan relaxing each part of the body while taking slow deep breaths.
Focused breathing changes your entire demeanor. You may be holding stress in your shoulders and not even realize it. This signals the body to release stress-related hormones such as cortisol. Too much cortisol is bad news for health. Not only will your demeanor change, but your response to stress will also improve.
The best part about this easy stress reliever is you can do it from anywhere, any time! You can even practice it right now. Start by taking a slow, deep inhale feeling the air fill your lungs as it expands your chest. Hold for a few seconds, then slowly exhale the air as your lungs deflate.
After several deep breaths, you will be completely restored, and your body will be better equipped to handle whatever is next.