Call it first world pains, or perhaps an oxymoron, but vacation stress is a thing.
According to alive.com, 40% of workers return from vacation feeling more stressed out than they were before they left. While it may seem ridiculous, it actually does make sense when you think about it. Any good getaway requires a lot of planning, which can be extremely arduous depending on the nature of the trip. However, it can be argued that the most stressful part actually begins once all of the logistics are set.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever:
- Lost sleep trying to get all of your errands done before a trip
- Got stuck in traffic or long security lines at the airport
- Felt unable to disconnect from work while on a trip taken for pleasure
- Forgotten to pack an item you absolutely, positively needed
- Wasted valuable vacation time due to a lack of planning
The list goes on, and while these situations may be inevitable at times, precaution can be taken to avoid them. Here are 5 things you can do to survive vacation stress.
Plan in Advance
Planning in advance allows adequate time to organize logistics, run errands, and pack. Spontaneity is not a bad thing, but it can cause vacation stress as most adults have varying responsibilities they can’t immediately walk away from.
Create an Itinerary
Itineraries force you to do your research in advance, ensuring that you are able to see and do everything you’d enjoy in your destination of choice. They also aid in the packing process because you get a better idea of what you’ll need to be prepared for. Once on vacation, they keep you on track.
For safety purposes, be sure to send your itinerary to at least one loved one prior to departing, especially if you’re going abroad.
Make a Checklist
A few weeks before your trip, make a checklist of all of the items you will need to pack and errands you will need to run. Look at it daily and check things off slowly to avoid last minute stress and overwhelm. To help, we started one for you below.
- Apparel (tops, bottoms, dresses)
- Shoes and socks
- Electronics and chargers
- Withdraw cash
- Call credit card companies to let them know where you’ll be traveling to
- Purchase an international phone plan if traveling abroad
Give Yourself Time to Get to the Airport
Whether you travel often or not, traffic, road hazards, and airport lines are unpredictable. Head to the airport early to ensure you make it to your gate well before your departure time. Few things are worse than having to deal with the stress of rescheduling a flight and other travel logistics.
Relax… You’re on Vacation
Disconnecting is hard, but it’s absolutely imperative to having a stress-free vacation. In the grand scheme of things, there are few things that are extremely time sensitive. Checking emails or constantly posting to your social sites while on vacation will take away from the experience. Look up and take it all in. You deserve time to decompress, it's good for you! If you’re finding it difficult to completely unwind, throw a bottle of our L-Theanine supplement into your bag. It will help relieve your stress without making you feel drowsy so you can thoroughly enjoy your getaway.