How To Survive Holiday Travel
As a health practitioner, I recognise that holiday times are a challenge for many reasons. Children being off school, working parents stretched to the limit in terms of their resources and time. So it becomes usual for clients to turn up at this time of year, displaying typical stress responses that ultimately compromise their health. It seems such a shame to hear in addition, that planned holidays are anticipated as 'making things worse', in terms of the travelling involved.
Check out your own experiences on this. When travelling to a destination, long or short haul does this tend to add hugely to the dred of going away? Especially if in addition, fear of flying is involved. Then again, how many times have you returned from a holiday and felt worse in terms of your health and energy, than when you set out?
Travelling to and from a holiday destination can be the times when health defences are at their lowest. If your immune system is compromised by over-work, the additional stress incurred by travelling to your holiday destination, makes it more likely that health collapses shortly after arrival. In addition, for those people who have stress around 'lack of control', travelling can be a real challenge, taking usually minor things out of proportion.
So, it is very beneficial to help clients learn how to stay calm and naturally relaxed so that the stress response is not triggered. Above all, positive side-effects of regaining a sense of personal control over the situation, result in a greater sense of being in control, without the need for pills, potions or alcohol. All of which have detrimental side-effects and can exacerbate the situation.
Teaching self-hypnosis as a matter of course, and encouraging a person to practise this skill, does much to alter the coping strategies for the better. Strategies based on dealing with what ever comes, taking things in their stride for example.
In addition, on the practical side, I encourage the traveller to stay well hydrated when travelling. This helps all body functions to remain in balance, especially the functions of the brain. Avoid alcohol as it dehydrates the body along with some medications prescribed for anxiety. Recovering from the effects of travelling is simply achieved by taking time to rest up. Eat good food, little and often and do some light exercise.
Getting into your holiday after arriving, can sometimes take several days to achieve for some. This interim period of 'letting go' is again, an indicator of stress. The inability to step off the tread-mill when time out is available.
Fear of letting go is usually connected to a false belief that it will be difficult to get back up and runnning after stopping. Just as equally as important, is the same consideration when you return to work. A general rule of thumb is to take the same number of days to get back into work, as you did to let go when you started your holiday.
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