Have a Stress-Free Summer Vacation

Have a Stress-Free Summer Vacation
Have a Stress-Free Summer Vacation

Pack those bags, grab your sunscreen and a good book, and hit the road for summer vacation! Whether you’re jetting off on a trip around the world or simply driving up to the cabin, nothing says summer like time off to enjoy the weather.

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, a way to unwind and refresh yourself after draining weeks of work and to-dos, but they can also be super stressful. Perhaps you’re juggling kids, or other family members on a sightseeing trip, arranging child- or pet care while you’re gone, navigating what to pack, or figuring out your budget for a big trip. Reduce summer travel stress and feel your best when you arrive with these simple travel tips.

Reach for Ashwagandha.

A few weeks before your trip, start taking Ashwagandha Root, an adaptogenic herb that helps your body adapt to daily stress.* When stressful moments arise, you’ll be better equipped to handle those ups and downs.

Keep the essentials handy.

Designate a small bag for absolute essentials: phone chargers, passports or other important documents, first aid supplies, your children’s favorite book or comfort object, snacks, and the like. If you’re flying, carry this bag on with you so it doesn’t potentially get lost at baggage claim, and if you’re driving, make sure it’s within reach so you can grab must-haves without stopping the car.

It sounds simple, but how many times have you hit the road before realizing you left your iPad charger at home? Reduce future stress by making sure each family member contributes their must-have items and knows where they are before you jet off.

Take a breather.

Feeling overwhelmed with family tensions and drama or pre-trip to-dos? Step away for a few minutes and calm down in a quiet spot, focusing on your breath until you feel ready to tackle the challenge again. Try box breathing, where you inhale deeply for four seconds, hold for four seconds, breathe out for four seconds, and hold again for four seconds, almost as though you’re breathing into a square shape.

Pack a good night’s sleep.

There’s nothing worse than when you can’t sleep on vacation. Being away from your usual environment can impact your sleep, as can kids, pets, snoring family members, nature sounds … you name it. We recommend packing Sound Sleep, which relaxes and prepares your body for restful sleep, or SleepThru, which promotes a good night’s rest for occasional sleeplessness, to help you get the rest you need when you’re traveling.*

Make time for yourself.

If you’re traveling with your children, it can be difficult to find time to relax yourself — and you’re likely to feel burned out and exhausted post-vacation instead of refreshed. Try to tag team with your partner or a family member if possible and take turns watching the kids so the others can unwind solo. If your children are older, institute a “quiet time” rule where you each do your own thing for a certain amount of time before playing games or jumping back into high-energy activities. If you love quiet time, wake up before the rest of your group to enjoy the silence and a cup of coffee.