Excerpt from the Mayo Clinic newsletter...
Travelling can be fraught with sources of stress, whether it's cancelled flights, language barriers, bad weather, unexpected detours or unrealistic expectations. When stress strikes, it can trigger a variety of short-term health problems, including headache, indigestion and insomnia. Stress can also aggravate chronic problems such as heart disease, digestive disorders, skin conditions and pain of any kind.
You can reduce the negative impact of travel stress with these coping techniques....
- Don’t try to control situations over which you have little control. Instead, focus on the things that you can control, including the way you choose to react to problems.
- Accept that an unforeseen change of plans is always possible when you travel. If you made poor choices that contributed to a stressful situation, try to learn from your mistakes and do better next time.
- Plan time to relax. A little down time can slow your breathing rate and heart rate, reduce muscle tension and ease frustration.
- Focus on the positive. When the airport is stressful or the hotel doesn’t live up to expectations, take a moment to look around and be grateful for the opportunity to experience it all.