We hope you’re finding time to squeeze in one last vacation before we’re back to the grind of Fall, but boarding a flight isn’t the only thing you need to have a good time. Check out Well+Good NYC’s tips for leaving stress behind on vacation:
Vacations are supposed to be about escape, relaxation, and freedom from stress. Right?
But often, as you get ready to leave town (and even once you’ve arrived at your destination), you’re confronted with the same bleeping noise and stress you intended to leave behind.
So how can you avoid letting stress ruin your vacation? Especially on Labor Day weekend, when the sheer number of people traveling creates traffic jams, airport delays, and jam-packed beaches.
We asked Dandapani, a former Hindu monk, New York City-based meditation teacher, and founder of spiritual-travel outfitter Vedic Odyssey, to teach us how to use meditation to send our stress packing.
Here are his tips to get you through some (unfortunately familiar) vacation scenarios:
You’re fretting the night before about how much to pack, driving directions, and not having internet access for four days in a row. What can you do?
Find a quiet place at home, sit down with your spine straight, and breathe slowly for three minutes. On each out breath feel yourself exhaling any stress, worries or concerns. Next, regulate your breath for three minutes. You do this by keeping the duration of your in breath the same as the duration of your out breath. These two simple breathing techniques will help calm you by bringing the forces of the physical body under your control and allowing you to take control of your mind as well. Once you’re in a relaxed state, THEN make a list of all the things you have to do to get ready. Sort them by priority, and knock out one at a time.
Traffic has ground to a halt on the Long Island Expressway and now you’re slated to miss your check-in time and dinner reservations. Your first night of vacation is already a huge disappointment. How can you redeem it?
The first night may not have worked out the way you planned it, but remember you have the rest of your vacation to look forward to.
Continue reading at Well+Good NYC for more stress-free travel tips…
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