Screaming babies, novice travelers, middle seats, and delayed fights, ahh the joys of traveling! Unless airport bars started serving bottomless mimosas and no one told me, I don’t believe anyone has a good time during the actual act of traveling. Before I wised up and got TSA Precheck and long before I earned status with Delta, I was traveling all wrong.
I traveled for work which meant I was in an airport 4 times a week, and not just any old airport, it was the hell on earth known as LAX was my hub. I had to figure out a way not to lose my mind every every week when I arrived to depart for my next destination. I am able to share how to stay sane at the airport through my own trial and error.
1. Avoid alcohol – Would you rather feel good for 15 minutes buzzing or feel terrible for 2 days after you land? Drinking drys out your body so maybe that one drink will calm your nerves but once you arrive you will feel 10 times worse. This is what I had to repeat over and over to myself.
2. Meditate – Mediation allows you to clear your mind and relax. I don’t suggest to sit crossed legged chanting ‘OM’ in the middle of the gate but I do suggest just walking slower and to come up with a mantra. I use this mantra for the airport ‘I am grateful for this opportunity to travel, I am calm and I am grounded’ While walking through the airport I either focus on my breating or focus on the walking. After all being able to afford to travel or a have a job that allows for traveling is something to be grateful for, no matter how stressful it is.
3. Yoga – SFO has a yoga studio inside the airport, just pack your mat! If you are at one of the other 100 million airports in the world without a yoga studio, practice meditation, and take the stairs versus the escalator. This extra movement will calm you and help you rest during your flight.
4. Pack snacks – Everyone gets hungry at the airport, you can tell yourself you won’t but you will. Pack snacks like trail mix, or granola bars, and bring your own water bottle, something I learned the hard way; you can not bring apple sauce through TSA! Try to bring as much as you can to avoid waiting in lines to pay for food to avoid added stress.
5. Prepare travel playlist – This will allow you to feel comfortable listening to your own music. Try to listen to calming music. Now I prefer to listen to Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, and Trevor Hall. When I first started traveling I had Rihanna ‘Cake’ on repeat, this did not calm my nerves and stressed me out even more.
In conclusion – I am suggesting for your next trip while you are waiting at your gate, sitting next to a person that is clipping their toe nails (yes this has happened to me), just take a moment, breath deeply and chill the f*** out.