Counseling Corner: Making holiday travel a better experience

Print Article

We are entering one of the busiest, and most stressful, travel periods of the year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, travel to a destination 50 miles or more away increases by over 50 percent for Thanksgiving and by almost 25 percent for Christmas and New Year’s.

While that adds up to even more cars on the road, and usually longer lines at airport TSA, it doesn’t necessarily have to mean more holiday travel stress for you.

You can actually lower your travel stress by simply accepting that there are some things you can’t control. Bad weather, airport delays, traffic jams or long waits at airport security are all outside your control, no matter how frustrated they may make you feel.

Instead, focus on the things you can control, including your own feelings. Start by planning as much as you can. If it’s a driving trip, check the weather reports and if a bad storm is looming, see if you could depart earlier or later to miss the worst of it.

Planning can also minimize airport delays. Experts advise booking an early flight, for example. Airports are often less crowded then and it leaves you extra time for a later flight if your flight is delayed, canceled or over-booked. Also know the rules. Is your carry-on the right size? What time do you need to get to the airport? Can you bring wrapped presents?

A little attitude adjustment can even help with a seemingly endless TSA security line. Instead of feeling frustrated, do something silly like checking out your fellow passengers. Try guessing silently where they’re going, what their line of work is, or even why they’re dressed like that out in public.

The best way to handle stress and frustration is simply to refocus your mind away from the thing that is upsetting you. If it’s a traffic jam, getting mad doesn’t make other cars disappear, but playing something on the radio, telling the kids a story, or doing anything else that takes the focus off the immediate problem will make you feel better.

And most importantly, keep your kids happy, or at least occupied. Don’t forget their games, a couple of books, or snacks for when they’re suddenly starving. Happy kids mean less stressed out parents.

Holiday travel may not always be fun, but there’s no reason it has to be high stress.

Print Article

Read More Lifestyle

Cabinet Peaks Medical Center’s Prevent Program off and running

August 13, 2019 at 3:41 pm | Daily Inter Lake Making small changes to the food you eat and adding more physical activity can help you lose weight and feel better and Cabinet Peaks Medical Center’s PREVENT program is a great place to start. PR...

Comments

Read More

Heritage Museum looks for matching donations for grant

February 05, 2019 at 5:00 am | Western News The Heritage Museum is looking for help from the community with matching funds for the $26,704 Department of Tourism grant awarded to the museum to restore the 1906 Shay locomotive “Ole Four Spot.” ...

Comments

Read More

This is Montana: city bands part one

January 04, 2019 at 5:27 pm | Western News The history of the Missoula City Band in many ways mirrors the history of Missoula, Montana. Since Missoula’s virtual beginning — the time Montana was only a territory and not yet a state — the Misso...

Comments

Read More

A Christmas Carol in Libby and Troy

December 11, 2018 at 7:53 am | Western News “A Christmas Carol” will be performed by The Pitiful Players in both Libby and Troy this December. In Libby, the shows will be at the K.W. Maki Theatre, which is 724 Louisiana Avenue. The first sh...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 293-4124
311 California Ave.
Libby, MT 59923

©2019 The Western News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X