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How to Survive Going Home for the Holidays

It’s officially that time of year again! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the holidays don’t tend to slow down for a while after that. While this usually means lots of time with friends, family, and other loved ones, this can also be a stressful time for those of us who have to travel for the holidays.

On the go

Whether you’re going by train, plane, or automobile, traveling during this time of year can cause anyone to lose their holiday spirit. Airports, bus depots, or train stations typically mean crowds, frustration from delays, and unappetizing food. If this sounds like your holiday plans, we’ve got some tips to keep you covered. Make sure to always leave yourself enough time for traffic, and other unexpected obstacles. If you do find yourself in an airport or other transportation center, always keep hand sanitizer on you and try to touch as little as possible! If there was ever a time to splurge on a water bottle rather than filling up your own from a water fountain, this would be it. Speaking of which – always stay hydrated when on the go, especially if you’re flying. Traveling can also be a great time to get caught up on any work you may have, or finally get to that book that’s been on your list the whole year! Lastly, packing some simple but satisfying snacks like a pb & j or granola bar is a good idea to save both money on food, and avoid fast food restaurants that are often available at these types of places.

What routine?

If you’re far from home during the holidays, there’s a good chance your workout routine will get out of wack. First off, this is okay. The holidays are about appreciating and celebrating with loved ones and if you miss a workout, it’s not the end of the world. It is however, best to plan for these situations ahead of time. Is there a local jogging path you can safely use near your relatives house? Is there a gym (no matter how simple) in the hotel you’re staying at? Get your family to start a flag football game and get everyone moving! It’s best to accept that you might not get in your usual gym session, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to stay physically active!

Patience is key

Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my family, but the holidays can sometimes be a family overload. There’s seldom a moment that you get to yourself, especially if you’re spending this time away from home. Whether it’s kids running around, or your aunts and uncles constantly asking you about your future plans, everyone’s family can be a little exhausting at times. It’s handy to have some breathing exercises on hands for when things get especially overwhelming. Try breathing in for 4 seconds, holding for 7, and then letting out for 8. Or prepare a playlist of your favorite songs to help you unwind at the end of the day.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Save these tips for your next holiday outing and you can be sure to have a both relaxing, and fun time with your family and friends!

Written by GUADS staff member Emily


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