7 Things to Do When Your Flight’s Delayed

flight status, Flight Delays, airline delays

You’ve had a long day of packing suitcases and commuting to the airport. You left early to make it through security in time, only to discover that your flight has been delayed. Now what? Use Mindful tips to get you through the long wait.

How Common Are Flight Delays?

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics keep records on American flights. According to their findings, there are fewer airline delays now than there were in 2012 or 2013, but plenty of Americans are still playing the waiting game in airports.

Going by last year’s stats, many holiday travelers will experience some flight delay this holiday season. During Thanksgiving 2017, 11 percent of departure flights and 10 percent of arrival flights experienced some delay. And during the winter holidays of 2017, 24 percent of departure flights and 23 percent of arrival flights were delayed.

If you get caught up in airline delays use these seven tips to help pass the time.

7 Things to Do When Your Flight’s Delayed

Get Some Exercise

Finding out that your flight has been delayed can be a very aggravating experience. If you’re feeling very stressed and restless, go for a walk. Take a stroll through the airport to stretch your legs. This little bit of exercise can produce feel-good chemicals, endorphins, which can help you relax.

Tackle Your To-Do List

As the saying goes: when life gives you lemons make lemonade. Use this unexpected delay to knock something off your to-do list. Obviously, you will be a bit limited (there’s only so much you can do in an airport), but you’d be surprised by how much you can get done. For instance, when’s the last time you cleaned our your email inbox and spam/junk folder? An airport delay is a good time to tackle that problem. If you have the resources (laptop, Wi-Fi, etc.), you can also get some work done for your job.

Expand Your Mind

Use this unexpected time to expand your mind and better yourself. For instance, you can read a book from your book bucket list. If you didn’t bring a book with you consider downloading an ebook to your phone or tablet, or you can check and see if there is a bookstore in the airport.

Don’t feel like reading? Consider using smartphone apps to brush up on a foreign language or play brain exercise games. Your brain will appreciate the stimulation.

Get Something to Eat

Hunger can lead to stress. Fortunately, most airports are full of restaurants, cafés, or food stands. So, if you have the time, consider getting a bite to eat. Ask someone who works at the airport which food place they recommend—chances are they’ve eaten at most of them and they’ll know which ones are best.

Write in Your Travel Journal

Do you keep a travel journal to document your adventures? If not, you definitely should! Travel journals are a unique way for you to plan your trips and record special moments during your travels. While you have some free time, consider doing some writing. Jot down your feelings and thoughts on paper. Consider some of the writing topics listed below:

  • What new things will I try (food, activities, etc.)?
  • What am I learning from my travels?
  • What was my favorite part of my trip? What was my least favorite part?

Have a Meditation Break

If you start feeling tired and stressed, rejuvenate yourself with a five-minute meditation. Simply quiet your mind or use gentle music or nature sounds to transport you to another location. Monitor your breathing—inhaling and exhaling slowly. Straighten your posture as you meditate so you can feel more alert. This can help you relax even in the busiest of airports.

Get Some Rest

If you’ve done some work, taken a walk, had a meal, and still have some time to kill, consider taking a nap. A power nap, 15 to 20 minutes long, can recharge your batteries and help you feel more alert. Just remember to set your alarm so you don’t miss your flight!

More Mindful Travel® Articles




6 Ways to Satisfy Your Wanderlust
Is traveling apart of your Mindful bucket list? For many it is. And when you...
Read More



Earth Friendly Wrapping Paper
Many Americans are striving for a green winter holiday. Eco-friendly toys and environmental holiday craft...
Read More



7 Festive Hot Cocoas
Tired of the usual hot cocoa? Want something a bit different this holiday season? You...
Read More



Are You Having Trouble Sleeping?
Are you tossing and turning in your bed or taking too long to drift off...
Read More



Snappy Holiday Shopping Tips
One of the most stressful tasks of the holidays is shopping. While there are many...
Read More



How to Avoid Jet Lag
If you’re planning to travel to far off destinations you will probably experience some jet...
Read More



Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Ginger Soup
Soup is a go-to meal in colder months. It’s easy to make, delicious, and healthy...
Read More



Eco DIY Crafts for the Holidays
With the change in weather and seasons, we can all anticipate long evenings spent in...
Read More



Stress-Proof Your Holidays
The greatest challenge of the holiday season is staying balanced. From gift giving, parties, to...
Read More



Bah Humbug
There Are Many Reasons For Your Bah Humbug Do you want to turn the feelings...
Read More



Why Advent Is Important To You
Advent is an important season for you. Advent begins on December 2 and ends on Christmas...
Read More



Hostile Relatives for the Holidays
Millions of us look forward to the holidays, but there are some aspects of the...
Read More



Almonds Are a Superfood
It’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy some nutritious almonds. It’s the holiday season...
Read More



Cheesy Spinach Quiche
With the busy holidays, who has the time to make dinner? If you’re looking for...
Read More



Cyber Monday: Are You Still Spending?
After you’ve shopped to your heart’s content from Friday to Sunday there is still one...
Read More



How to Be Grateful During Tough Times
This is the season in which we all stop and think about what we have...
Read More



Holiday Breakfast – Cheesy Spinach Quiche
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we are all preparing for that perfect family...
Read More



Celebrate Native Culture
At this time of year, millions of people recount the tale of the first Thanksgiving...
Read More



7 Things to Do When Your Flight’s Delayed
You’ve had a long day of packing suitcases and commuting to the airport. You left...
Read More



Stay Warm while Saving Energy this Winter
Energy efficient homes can be a lifesaver, especially in the colder weather. Updating your home...
Read More



More Mindful Living Network Articles




Whipped Cream Pie
You may be wondering: what is the difference between whipped cream and whipping cream? Well,...
Read More



Avocado Dip
The avocado is often called “alligator pear,” which is very descriptive, as it tends to...
Read More



Easy, Healthy Mushroom Soup
Mushrooms can be very good for us, and who doesn’t like a hot, soothing bowl...
Read More



Easy Homemade Chocolate Truffles
A box of chocolate is always a sweet gift, but a box of  homemade chocolate...
Read More



7 Festive Hot Cocoas
Tired of the usual hot cocoa? Want something a bit different this holiday season? You...
Read More



Chocolate Pound Cake
Who doesn’t love chocolate cake? This made-from-scratch chocolate pound cake recipe is sure to please!...
Read More



Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Ginger Soup
Soup is a go-to meal in colder months. It’s easy to make, delicious, and healthy...
Read More



Cheesy Spinach Quiche
With the busy holidays, who has the time to make dinner? If you’re looking for...
Read More



Hot Artichoke Spread or Dip
This hot artichoke spread or dip recipe  is the perfect appetizer when you are stuck...
Read More



Corn Chowder Soup
Corn chowder is a thick cream-based soup or chowder. It is similar to New England clam chowder, with corn used...
Read More



Emotional Eating Tips That Can Change Your Life
Do you eat more when you’re feeling stressed? Do you eat to feel better hoping...
Read More



Spanish Garbanzo Bean Soup
This wonderful Spanish garbanzo bean soup is quick and easy to make and is a...
Read More



Quick and Healthy Shrimp Salad
This wonderful, healthy shrimp salad is quick and easy to make. The below recipe will...
Read More



Holiday Breakfast – Cheesy Spinach Quiche
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we are all preparing for that perfect family...
Read More



Cooking For Love – Sweet Potato Mash
Join Chef Kendrick Dopp on our new show Cooking for Love and try this simple and tasty sweet potato mash recipe....
Read More

Join the Mindful Living CommUNITY® online!