5 Tips for Relieving Travel Stress

Meditate to overcome travel frustrations during the most wonderful (and stressful) time of the year.

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Some studies show that stepping back and practicing this mindfulness will help you see more creative solutions that you wouldn't have considered otherwise. So instead of sulking about traffic and being late to dinner, you may turn it into an opportunity to stop at an interesting local restaurant with the family and have a snack to hold you over.

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This mindfulness will also help you reframe the situation, Kerr says. Sometimes, there is a lot at stake and your inner rants are warranted. Other times, the rabbit hole of negative thoughts may not match the severity of the situation. You have to ask, "What's the real damage that's happened to me?" Kerr says. If your flight was delayed an hour, yes, that means you'll get to Aunt So-and-So's an hour later. But you may also think, "Well, I get to go have another beer and watch the rest of basketball game," Kerr says.

Be kind. Chances are, you're not the only one wigging out about the canceled flight, and you're not the only one grumpy and hungry during hour six of what was supposed to be a four-hour bus ride. "Be courteous and kind to yourself and fellow travelers," Davich says, adding that he often feels calmer after helping a stranger.

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And be nice to yourself, too. "Everybody is too hard on themselves, especially when traveling," Davich says. "It's like, somehow, you're responsible for every United Airlines plane in the air and on the ground – it's your responsibility that they're all doing what they're supposed to do."

Relax. The holidays can be stressful enough without expecting travel perfection. "A big part of meditation is being compassionate and kind," Davich says. "Not only to other people, but to yourself."