Holiday Stress Test – does travel preparation spoil your trip?

stress free zoneIf preparing to travel makes you feel so stressed you start to wonder whether going away is worth it, then you’ve failed the holiday stress test!

The idea of a week or two away might sound like a dream come true, but for many of us an approaching holiday signifies a period of major stress:

  • Things seem to get busier at work, and we want to clear any loose ends before we go away;
  • Preparing to travel (incl. packing) requires a lot of planning and organisation;
  • Our health or holiday budgets can become a concern;
  • Arranging care for our pets can be difficult;
  • And even getting the house ready (so that we don’t come back to a mess) can wear us out.

What can you do if you failed the holiday stress test?

Instead of questioning whether your holiday is actually worth all the stress of preparing for it, you can start to explore what causes you to feel most stressed in the lead-up to a trip. Think back to your last few trips – what were the common patterns/issues?

You don’t want to be left feeling like you need a holiday to recover from the holiday (!), so once you understand what particularly causes your pre-holiday stress a few small changes might make all the difference, allowing you to truly enjoy the holiday you deserve.

Could you be adding to your own pre-holiday stress?

We can also set unrealistic expectations for ourselves prior to a vacation (this is not the time to do a complete spring clean, or wardrobe clear-out!), or even find that our travelling companion(s) have different approaches to travel preparation that might clash with ours…

Listen to this podcast to hear Chris & Sam share some strategies to make the experience easier – so that next time you take the holiday stress-test you’ll hopefully get a different result.

Here’s to stress-free travel!

Relieve The Pressure

Paul and Chris talk about how you can deal with times when you know things are just going to be a lot of hard work.

We all have times when the going gets tough, it’s all a part of the ups an downs of life. If you feel you are going through, or are about to, a period in your life that could be a bit of a burden, then this podcast is for you. Packed full of tips, tricks and ideas you might like to try yourself.

  • Learn how to reduce the burden of long distance and frequent traveling
  • Develop how to take a break, even when work is demanding a lot of your time
  • How to cope with over indulgence, either self imposed or as a result of a host’s hospitality
  • Techniques on how to stick to what you know is good for you
  • Dealing with repetitive tasks

Find out your own ways to relieve the pressure and then let us know what works for you!

(As mentioned in the podcast here is he photo of Chris at the Pyramids!)

The Big Impact of Little Baby Steps

It occurred to me recently, that I have spent more than half my life learning about human potential, studying success and gaining insight from the world’s greatest teachers, all to feed my own curiousity about what really matters and what it really takes to create a deeply fulfilling life. A life of your choosing (for the most part), a life on your terms (for the most part), a life filled with more laughter, happiness, health and success.

I’ve learned that we – the average, everyday person – are capable of changing our lives in numerous ways, dramatic ways (!) and faster than most might believe. Many people are wanting or hoping to improve their situation in some way: to lose weight, save more money, develop more meaningful relationships, take on more interesting or engaging hobbies, travel more, give back more, and the list goes on. Many just want to feel alive again.Continue reading