While some stress is normal and even healthy, many people today are over-stressed, and, more concerning, are not adequately mitigating this increased stress load. The negative effects of unmitigated stress are alarming. — Gregory L. Jantz Ph.D.
If there is one thing that you must always remember, it is the importance of taking time to rest so that you can de-stress. Keep in mind that the presence of anxiety and stress in your life can have adverse effects. At the same time, it can even affect your mental health, which can be bad for your overall well-being. Do not worry because there are several strategies on how to take the stress away; one of the things that you can do is to go on travel or trip.
Below are the tips and tricks to remember if you want to travel for the sole purpose of de-stressing and to find yourself again:
Plan The Trip
While life is all about spontaneity, it is still best if you will take time to plan your trip ahead of time. Do not rely on spontaneous itineraries that you will make while you are on the plane. Make sure to learn more about the place that you will be visiting you that you can set your expectations. As much as possible, book the hotel earlier so that you can get the best deals and offers. Remember that the purpose of your trip is to de-stress, which is why everything must be taken cared of ahead of time.
Do It Alone
Do not be afraid to go on a solo trip. Take note that many counties and cities are now safe for women who want to travel on their own. Avoid tagging along with a family member, your loved one or a friend so that you can enjoy a moment of solitude. Being away from these people will make you realize how much they mean in your life. There are many fun or exciting activities that you can do if you are going to travel solo. Just be sure to be smart enough to plane everything before you visit the area.
Make a point to practice even breathing throughout your journey and, when possible, take time to do light stretching and focused deep breathing. This will help your body and mind relax. — Deanna Richards, LMHC
Bring Extra Cash
As much as possible, bring cash more than the budget that you intended for the trip. Use this money as a buffer in case you exceed your budget. Take note that there is a high tendency that you would go beyond the cash that you set aside from the trip. As such, be sure to bring some extra money with you so that you have something to use in case something comes up. This tip is essential if you are traveling on your own and in a foreign country. Whether you like it or not, the reality is that money is crucial when it comes to traveling.
Do Relaxing Activities
When you have arrived at the area of destination, make sure that your first activity is to rest in your room. Enjoy the moment of being alone in a four-walled room away from your office desk or business table. You will be amazed at how doing this can set your mood right for the entire trip. Once you are done with this, it is time to look for other relaxing activities such as having a massage from a local spa or attending a yoga glass Do something that is out of your comfort zone and enjoys it with all your heart.
Keep Your Phone Away
As much as possible, make an effort to avoid your duties and obligations at work or business. Remind yourself why you have decided to travel in the first place. Never let anyone stop you from having a good time in a different place. An excellent way of making sure no one can disturb you is to keep your phone away. Avoid checking your messages and calls, unless you believe they are urgent and necessary. If possible, ask your friends or family members to call you during the period of your travel. Tell them that they can only ring you in times of emergency.
If you do not put yourself on your list of things to take care of, you will tire easily and your resilience will weaken. — Karen Kleiman MSW, LCSW
Travelling is only one of the various options that you can try if you want to de-stress. There are other strategies that you can try or check (see more here: sheknows.com and mom365.com. Do not worry if going on a trip is quite impossible at the moment for your schedule or budget. You can try other de-stressing tips such as keeping yourself away from toxic people, eating right and following a balanced diet, dedicating your time for meditation or exercising regularly. All these can take your anxiety away.