By Elisha Goldstein
Author of Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler
The holidays are upon us, and for many people that means trains, planes, and automobiles. One of the companions often traveling with us (and one we'd rather not have along) is anxiety. The holidays are stressful enough, but tacking on transportation always seems to amp it up.
The stress cycle thrives on a series of interactions between thoughts, emotions, and sensations. Just the thought of traveling may cue a judgment like, "The airports are going to be so packed. This is going to be just awful." This often only encourages more stress, anxiety, or frustration-which then tenses the body and tips us off balance. But there's something we can do to create stress-less travel.
One of the things that can help us shift out of our stress and anxiety is to become present, get outside of our heads, and widen our perspective. I'm fortunate enough to have worked with a number of people who struggleRead More »from 3 Ways to Keep Your Holiday Travel Stress-Free