Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks
Holiday season is around the corner, and if you’re stuck at the airport. You’re stressed. You’re worried about being late to your destination. You’re tired. What can you do to chill out on the spot?
Luckily, you can make self-care your top priority wherever you are. You don’t need a yoga mat, a dark room, and tons of lit candles around you in order to remain relaxed. Just follow these tips and you’ll keep stress from ruining your trip.
1. Breathe deeply
Even if you’re stuck standing in line with a pile of luggage, you still have enough room to take a deep breath. In addition to easing anxiety, deep breathing stabilizes blood pressure, and slows the heartbeat.
One of the fundamentals of yoga (which was created as a method of relaxing the mind for meditation) is abdominal breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing. If you have never stepped inside of a yoga studio, don’t fret. There are apps for this. Breathe is a default breathing app for the Apple watch and iPhone, but Universal Breathing and Breathing Zone also have many fans.
If you’re already in the habit of breathing deeply, you might as well work on your meditation skills, too. Although relaxation is not actually the goal of meditation, it’s often a happy side effect of the practice, along with reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and better circulation. Really, the goal of meditation is to stay in the present moment. There are many types of meditation, so choose one that feels comfortable to you.
3. Wash your hands
Actually, washing any part of your body in warm water will calm your nerves and muscles. But washing your hands with soap has the added benefit of killing germs that can make you sick. Planes, with their recycled air and filthy buttons, are flying disease factories.
4. Eat a healthy snack
Airports are of full of junk food. A sugary snack might provide a quick pick-me-up, but the resulting sugar crash will not improve your mood. Seek out fresh, raw fruits, veggies, and proteins from the newsstand or sandwich shop in your terminal.
Knit. Twirl your fidget spinner. Try to peel an orange in one long spiral-shaped piece. Try your hand at tying nautical knots with a loose string on your coat. Lace your shoes in new and dramatic ways. Busy fingers will quiet a busy mind.
6. Clean out your purse or your inbox
Yeah, you should have done this before you left home, but now is the perfect time to remove all the old gum wrappers, random pen caps, and other assorted junk that is literally weighing you down from your bag.
And once you’re done with that, head over to your inbox and start deleting. Seeing that unread number go down within minutes will put your mind at ease, leaving your digital space much tidier.
7. Move around
If the idea of doing stretches on the airport carpet grosses you out, there are many modified yoga poses, and other quick workouts you can do from the comfort (or discomfort) of your seat at the airport or even on the plane. Even a short lap around the terminal can put more pep in your step.
8. Imagine paradise
You might be on a layover from hell, but you can use creative visualization to take a fabulous vacation inside your head. Imagine yourself at your dream location. What are you doing? What music is playing in the background? What are you wearing? What delicious things are you going to order for dinner? Who are you traveling with? Since it’s all in your head, nothing is too outrageous or silly.
In addition to stress relief, creative visualization in a powerful training tool for your mind. It can help you solve problems by getting you to think outside of the box. There’s a reason why everyone from professional athletes to artists use this brain hack to reach their goals. It works.