Finding Serenity Below the Surface
As Thanksgiving approaches, so does the anticipation of the busiest travel days ever recorded. Whether you're jetting off for a family reunion or seeking a solo adventure, the journey itself can be a stress-inducing experience. In this blog, we'll explore how the days surrounding Thanksgiving travel can be both mentally and physically taxing, and how diving—whether scuba or freediving—can serve as a therapeutic escape to counteract the holiday stress.
The Before: Navigating the Chaos of Thanksgiving Travel
Thanksgiving travel comes with its own set of challenges—long lines, delayed flights, heavier traffic, and the mental exhaustion of waiting for things to happen. Crossing time zones can disrupt your sleep, leaving you already sleep-deprived upon arrival. As the holiday season amplifies the stressors, it's essential to be mindful of your well-being and take steps to counteract the effects of travel.
Things to Keep in Mind for Dive (or Personal) Travel:
- Combat Jet Lag:
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to combat dehydration, a common side effect of air travel and diving, too.
- Adjust your sleep schedule: Gradually shift your bedtime a few days before travel to minimize the impact of time zone changes. Catch a few extra zzz's and rest in the days leading up to travel. If on board a dive boat, grab some extra rest when underway.
- Practice mindfulness: Engage in deep-breathing exercises to alleviate stress during travel. It's good to visualize along with breathing of diving as part of that practice.
- Be prepared: Anticipate potential travel hiccups and have contingency plans in place. Try to see the humor in tough situations.
- Pack entertainment: Bring books, podcasts, or movies to keep yourself mentally engaged during periods of waiting.
- Set boundaries: Politely decline social invitations if you feel overwhelmed and prioritize self-care.
- Take breaks: Find moments for solitude to recharge your emotional resources.
- Establish routines: Maintain some aspects of your daily routine to create a sense of familiarity. Pack some of your favorite snacks to have on hand.
- Connect with home: Stay in touch with loved ones to counteract feelings of isolation.
Amidst the chaos, it's crucial to remember why we travel in the first place and prioritize self-care. Dive travel, whether scuba diving or freediving, can be a powerful outlet for holiday stress.
Counteracting the Effects:
- Underwater Therapy:
- Take advantage of dive opportunities: Allocate time for scuba or freediving to experience the therapeutic benefits of being underwater.
- Enjoy the calming effect: The underwater world offers a unique environment to disconnect and find serenity.
- Reflect on the purpose: Remember why you're traveling and embrace the positive aspects of exploration.
- Practice gratitude: Focus on the things you're thankful for during your journey.