How to Stay Calm While Waiting in Line

A vacation is supposed to be a time for rest and relaxation, but stress can change the tenor of your time off. This month, we’re offering simple, stress-relieving tips to help you enjoy a relaxing and fun vacation.

Our first tip is for a situation it’s hard to avoid when taking a trip: waiting in line.

Whether it’s a line to your flight, a restaurant, or a ride at your family’s favorite amusement park, the claustrophobia, heat and loud noises of the setting can cause stress to build up.

By practicing mindfulness, you can ease your stress by focusing on the positive things in your setting.

Try this simple practice next time you’re stuck in line:

  • Give yourself space. Find a comfortable distance between yourself and others. Respecting people’s personal space can help everyone feel calmer and less anxious.
  • Breathe. Take some deep breaths while focusing on the sights and sounds of your surroundings.  If you need some help centering yourself, check out our breathing visuals or listen to an audio meditation.
  • Let go. If you become anxious or inpatient, just notice the feeling without judgement and gently let it go. You can also extend positive wishes to other in line which can take the focus away from your own feelings.

Practicing mindfulness in stressful situations like waiting in line can help you start your vacation feeling relaxed and refreshed.