It’s the end of the year and people deserve a break — that’s why so many are out on the roads or in the air this time of year. Of course, the time leading up to that vacation can be incredibly stressful. You still have all of the responsibilities of the season along with tying up loose ends before your holiday. Today’s guest post is from Henry Moore from Fit Well Traveler whose helpful tips can help you plan the perfect holiday escape while cutting down on stress and anxiety.
Picking the Perfect Vacation Destination
The right destination can make all the difference in vacation planning. Instead of wasting half of your vacation traveling halfway around the world, consider spots that are closer to your home so you can cut down on travel time. For instance, if you live in Saudi Arabia, there are amazing destinations that only take a handful of hours to get to. The urban splendor of Istanbul is a sight to behold for those who love architecture and history. The people of Oman are incredibly hospitable, making it a perfect escape for those who want a break from office politics. And Qatar is a great destination for those looking for a beach escape.
Securing Your Home
Once you’ve picked the perfect destination, you want to make sure what you leave behind is safe while you are gone. To keep your mind at ease, install a security system that monitors and records what’s happening in and around your property. If an intrusion occurs, the system should alert the appropriate authorities and dispatch them immediately. A security system is imperative during the holidays when there is a spike in burglaries and home break-ins. If you live in a compound, let your compound manager know that you will be away. It is also a good idea to switch off the water supply while you’re gone to avoid those flooding horror stories we often hear of. Some compounds require one or two air conditioners to be left on at all times to avoid mould. Find out what your compound policy is.
Another way to help mitigate the risk is to hire a house sitter while you are gone. Having somebody staying in your home reduces the chances of break-ins even when they are not there. Burglars tend to case a house for days before breaking in. If they see a car going in and out of the driveway or a person coming in and out of the front door, they move on.
Take Care of Yourself
The holiday season can trigger stress and anxiety that can affect your overall health — and illness is the last thing you need before your big vacation! While you may have a million things going on leading up to your travels, don’t forget to take time out of your days for a little exercise. Physical activity helps regulate cortisol levels and boosts your immune system. It will also help you keep off those extra pounds we tend to gain throughout the season.
Speaking of which, don’t neglect your dietary needs in favor of hoovering sweets and treats. A healthy diet includes whole grains, lean protein, fiber, and heart healthy fats. Eating well helps reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety because your body is properly fueled to help deal with whatever comes your way. While you shouldn’t deprive yourself of all holiday indulgences, keep balance in mind. For instance, if you go to a decadent dinner one night, opt for a lighter day of eating on the morrow.
Millions of people travel during the holiday season each year. The increase in traffic along with the stresses of the season can hinder your enjoyment if you plan on going somewhere. To help mitigate the anxiety, choose to vacation in a place that is easy to access while catering to your desires. Make sure your home is safe while you are gone with a security system and a house sitter. Finally, do not neglect your health this time of year. Exercise and proper diet will keep you healthy and ready to enjoy yourself.