Great Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress written by Counsellor Helen Browne
So you’re off on holiday….finally! You’ve picked the perfect spot, booked the tickets and started the packing. Nothing can possibly go wrong, right?
Whether it’s a short city break with your pals, two weeks in the sun for the whole family, or an adventure trek in far-flung parts for you and your other half, taking a trip can involve a certain amount of anxiety. You might be anticipating various holiday misadventures because that’s just your nature, or you might be an eternal optimist, just one who reacts very badly to even minor mishaps. Even the most experienced traveller can be faced with the unexpected, so here are some ways which might help to lessen the stress, so you can make the most out of your well-deserved break.
1. Be Prepared
The obvious but possibly most important factor in avoiding stress when travelling: making sure you have all you need to travel safely and smoothly. For documents, think B.I.P.
Once you Book, take out Insurance, and make sure you have an up-to-date Passport.
For the actual journey, put your tickets, insurance documents, passport and any other holiday info into a small clear folder so you can easily see that you have everything you need, particularly as you make your way through the sometimes stressful process of airport security.
2. Talk About Your Trip
This is particularly important when travelling in a group, different human beings, different expectations of what a holiday is all about. Don’t be afraid to talk to your gang about what they expect. If there are couples in the group who want some alone time for example, this could be pre-arranged so no-one feels excluded. Cultured types might want a day at the museum, and the fashionistas a day of shopping. Having a little chat before you go will help to avoid disappointment when you’re there.
3. Make it a Real Break
You might be looking forward to time off work, which is so important, but don’t let that limit you. A holiday is a break from all obligations, little or great. You might have been helping others a lot lately, or worrying about what’s going on in your own life. There could be anything from a sick relative to a needy friend on your mind. Give yourself permission to leave them all at home, physically and emotionally.
4. What you Can’t Control, Accept
So your flight is delayed, your camera has been lost or someone shouldn’t have had the shellfish….things just go wrong sometimes, but for the most part we can’t do anything about it. Take a deep breath, acknowledge how you feel about the situation and then set it aside. Fighting against something you can’t control can use up precious relaxation time on your break.
5. Go Easy
Helen Browne is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist accredited with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Contact her at www.helenbrowne.ie
Heed the advice, take out Travel Insurance before you go. Book with MultiTrip Travel Insurance at www.multitrip.com