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7 Tips To Healthy Travel & Happy Holidays

Young female passenger at the airport, using her tablet computerHoliday travel can be great fun, lots of laughs and/or a LOT of stress. So what can you do to attempt to have a good trip and enjoy yourself during the most wonderful time of the year?

A little preparation goes a long way. Try these simple tips to help your holiday travel be a little less stressful:

  1. Start your packing a week in advance. Make lists to ensure that you won’t forget items of importance, i.e., prescriptions, chargers, favorite pajamas, etc.
  2. Try your best to rest ahead of time. Your rest and sleep patterns will be disrupted, so starting your travel rested will help you deal with the additional stress.
  3. When you have a long drive or flight ahead of you, make sure you carry water, healthy snacks, and fruit. Pack food if you would like to save money and calories on your journey.  Note: Children (and adults) will not do well with soda in their systems. It is way too much sugar and it will not help them sit still and behave nicely during long car or plane rides. The same goes for too much candy.
  4. Make sure everyone has something to do during the drive or flight. Help children pack favorite toys and books.
  5. Take some time to think how you would like the visiting to play out. Plan to remove yourself from unpleasantness if necessary and do not get pulled into drama or arguments.
  6. Remember that you are supposed to be having a good time. Make sure you do activities that you enjoy and take breaks when necessary.
  7. Breathe. Three deep breaths when waiting in lines and traffic, or dealing with relatives, can change tension to calm in 30 seconds.

Written by: Diana Fletcher, Life Coach

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About the Author

Diana Fletcher is a Stress Reducing Author, Life Coach and Speaker. She is the author of Happy on Purpose: Daily Messages of Empowerment and Joy for Women and Reduce Your Stress Month by Month: Stress Reducing Strategies.  Diana helps people achieve optimal health and happiness.

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