Life can be full of worries, stresses, and endless things to do. Every day we are bombarded with thoughts of circumstances, plans, commitments, hardships or even ideas!
Then on top of it you are trying to get organised for travelling. Trying to remember everything to pack and think of every item you need.
Oh, and on top of it, half of the stuff you currently already use and can't even pack until the last minute!
Let's face it! Packing for travel is stressful. Especially if you have to pack for your whole family!
With that in mind, here are 5 tips for clearing your mind and creating a positive mindset that you can start to practice today!
1. Write It Down
Write down items you need to buy, things you want to look up, ideas for what you plan to do on your trip, phone numbers, reminders or anything that comes to mind but does not need your immediate attention.
Doing so is a great way to release pent-up thoughts. This will also help you to stay focused on issues that are more important without having to fill your head with everything you need to do and remember. Use a notebook or digital app to take notes. I personally just use my notepad on my iPad. However trello is a great app too. 😃
2. Set Your Priorities Straight
Taking this step will allow to stop spending your time on matters that are taking up a huge chunk of your mental focus but do not add value to your life. The first step you need to take is accepting that you can not do it all.
Accept that you most likely will forget something, but have comfort in the thought that you will most likely be able to buy it. It won't be the end of the world.
Once I even forgot nappies and it was too late to buy anything. I was stressing my kids would wet the hotel bed, but managed to ask for a few garbage bags, covered the bed and placed down extra towels. It all worked out ok!
This mindset alone reduces stress!
Make a short list of what is most important. These are things like children's medical needs, passports, visas, vaccinations or legal documents you need to enter the country. Small things like forgetting a jumper or shoes even can easily be fixes with a quick stop at any shop in the world.
The tip is to devote the bulk of your mental strength and focus on your list of top priorities. Doing so eliminates unnecessary thoughts of things that don't really matter.
3. Focus on One Task at a Time
Nothing creates as much brain clutter and stress as trying to do everything at once!
When you are multi-tasking, your mind will be racing as it tries to quickly shift focus from one task to another. Often, working on several tasks at once makes it difficult to pay close attention to detail.
When trying to process too much information at the same time, you are more likely to forget things, make mistakes and feel under pressure or stressed.
You can avoid all of these negative effects by learning how to do one thing at a time and progress that one thing as far as you can.
For example. If you are applying for visas. Complete all the forms until the end. Then you know the next step is simply to post them.
Write it down. Progress gives your brain positive feedback.
4. Block Out Unnecessary Information
In this day and age of social media, blogs, gossip tabloids on the Internet and cable TV, it is easy to overload the mind with content.
The problem with too much information is that it can clog up the brain and create a mental state where you are constantly wandering off in thought.
Have you ever spent hours looking on the internet for that 'perfect accommodation". Scared of making the wrong choice. Perhaps even doubting yourself. Searching for better deals or getting completely overwhelmed on trip advisor reading every review you can find and getting even more confused!
Guess what! No matter what you do, chances are you would still make a less than perfect decision.
It dosn't matter. Just get yourself there! Book a few nights with the option to extend once you arrive. That way you have the freedom to change once you get a feel for the place.
You don't need to "lock in" your whole trip to Phuket, Thailand from day 1-14 from the couch of your Mississippi home.
It's amazing how much controlling your media intake will save you time and prevent you from experiencing 'overwhelm'.
Focus on the information that is relevant or important to you and block out the rest.
5. Practice Mindful Meditation
Mindful meditation is a practice used to achieve mental quiet and a sense of calm by focusing on the here and now.
if you don't already fit in a few minutes a day of practicing mindfulness as a busy mum, start now.
It's as simple as stopping and focusing on your breathe for 10 deep breathes. Really feeling it and thinking about everything in the present moment, like the breeze on your skin, feel of your clothes, sound of birds chirping, and the sensation of your breathe in and out.
For example, at the beginning and end of each day you can form a ritual of clearing the mind of all thoughts and simply focusing on your breathing.
Over time, this act of mindfulness will allow you to limit your mental energy on what you can do to make a difference rather than worry about things that are out of your control.
So, there you have it, 5 Tips for Creating a Stress-Free Mindset to Pack for Travel!
If you have any of your own tips and ideas, please feel free to leave a comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts!