Avoid Stress on Your Summer VacationIn theory, summer vacations are all about relaxing, recreating, reconnecting with family members and friends—basically just having some fun, allowing your body and mind to recharge, and ridding yourself of the stress that’s pent up during your work or school life. In actual practice, summer vacations do not always turn out this way. Whether you are road tripping with your family or flying cross-country with some friends, summer travel can often cause as much stress as it alleviates. It does not have to though. The important thing is to consider your summer vacation strategically. Be intentional about keeping it low-stress, and have tools in place to tackle stress if it does develop.
Tips for Minimizing Stress on Your Summer VacationRemember: Stress can trigger or exacerbate your eating disorder and throw a wrench into your recovery, at least if you do not handle that stress well. With that said, here are some stress management tips to carry with you on your summer vacation. First, make sure you minimize stress during the actual travel process. This is where so much vacation-related stress comes from. If you can make your travel arrangements as smooth as possible, you can start your summer vacation on the right foot. Some general tips to keep in mind:
- If you drive, make sure you look at a map and know the general route in advance; Google Maps is great, but do not lean on it completely.
- Use the Web and relevant apps to figure out what the weather will be like, what kind of traffic you should experience, and what kinds of construction you might run into on your voyage. Know what you are getting into!
- Pick a good time to drive. You may wish to devote a full day to travel, or else leave either early in the morning or later in the evening, simply depending on how far you have to go and when your peak hours of alertness tend to be.
- If you fly, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and make it through TSA screenings without feeling rushed. Also, know what you can and cannot get through Security, and which items you will have to unpack to show the TSA agents. You can learn all this on the TSA website.