Now is the time of year when so many of us pack up and take a flight to spend time with family and friends. While this might be one of the most popular times of the year to fly, it is certainly not because the weather encourages it. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas the news seems to be full of stories about airport-wide cancellations. Passengers sleeping on their luggage, the obligatory shot of someone crying dramatically. The fact of the matter is, many of us go through some type of airport stress.
For those of us with short tempers, the airport can be an extremely aggravating and stressful place. There’s no easy trick to avoid getting all of your future flights cancelled or delayed. However, there are some things you can do to make your time at the airport less emotionally taxing.
So often when you hear a flight has been delayed, cancelled, or switched terminals, your instinct isn’t to drop your bags and assume the lotus position. However, taking a few minutes to breathe and ground yourself often helps to lower your stress levels and give your problems some perspective. We’re not all comfortable rolling out the invisible mat and practising in front of our fellow passengers. This is why some airports have begun implementing yoga rooms.
Everyone wants to get through security, everyone wants to get to the gate, and everyone wants to get on the plane. If you have taken the initiative to arrive to the airport early, then there is no need to rush yourself through this process. There’s no need to push through lines, sprint to your gate, or try to board before you’ve been called. If you’ve taken time to arrive early and plan ahead, just relax. Approach the entire process with a more casual attitude.
Speaking of planning ahead, no matter who you are or how often you fly, take the time to research your trip. Most major airports have maps you can check and even print out. This is so you can determine the route to your gate before even stepping in the airport. Even if you don’t take the time to map it out, simply knowing that you’ve planned ahead makes the whole process much less stressful.
Take a Deep Breath
This probably seems trivial or maybe even pointless, but if you’ve just received bad news, you can’t find your gate, etc. Just take a moment. Pause where you are and take a deep breath. Frustration won’t change the status of your trip. This is also a great option for those who aren’t interested in Yoga, as Meditation is a great alternative.
If you know you have holiday travelling coming up, or even just the holidays in general, it can be highly beneficial to start taking a supplement for stress relief. These supplements can help to reduce anxiety and allow you to handle stressful situations calmly. Balance Yogi is one such supplement. (add a bit more of a plug and link to the product)
The holidays are times for immense joy, and also sadly immense frustration. Just remember, if the kid from Home Alone could brave the airport on his own, you can too.