Destressing The Holidays
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Holiday travel is going to be huge this year. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), The number of passengers expected to fly this end-of-year holiday is expected to be record-breaking with millions of passengers and crew members traveling through security screening checkpoints nationwide. But the TSA has tips to make things smoother. Make sure electronics are accessible to keep checkpoints moving along. Have questions? Visit www.tsa.gov any time of the day or night to access the “What Can I Bring?” feature on the top right-hand corner of the web page.
Destressing The Season
There are some things the TSA can’t help with when it comes to holiday travel. For some of us, this time of year makes our stress levels go through the roof. But PsychCentral has some tips for finding a little inner peace during the chaos. “Stress happens when what we get isn’t what we expect,” writes By Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. “If we expect delays and prepare for them, they don’t trouble us as much. When we expect that some of the people will be grouchy and impolite, we can choose to respond with understanding instead of responding in kind.”
Sleeping Through The Holidays
One thing that usually goes out the window during our holiday travels is normal sleep patterns. Have no fear. Medical Xpress has some great methods for maintaining quality sleep during the holiday travel season. One good idea: lay off the stimulants. “You must stay hydrated throughout your journey, but avoid the use of caffeine, alcohol, or other stimulants during your adjustment and hydration process. These worsen your jet lag symptoms.” Also, remember to get plenty of sunshine. That vitamin D will work wonders when it’s time to grab some Zs.
One thing that might make your holidays less stressful? Having your best furry friend along with you. If you’re bringing your dog for the holidays, Thrive Global has three steps to make pet travel smooth. “With a little planning, traveling with pets this holiday season can be a breeze,” writes Jonathan Maxim. “Being the owner of a corgi and an Australian shepherd, Rigby and Sydney respectively, I know firsthand the challenge of pups on the go. And so do they.”