Self-Care Challenge (Day 335): Arriving at the Airport Early

sunset near the tip of an airplane wing

On day 335 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I arrived early to the airport.

My biggest pet peeve? Being late.

If I’m late for an appointment – even if by just a couple of minutes – I feel frazzled and disorganized. It feels like I’ve somehow broken a promise, especially if I know someone is sitting there waiting on me. Suffice it to say that I like to be on time, if not early.

It’s probably not surprising, then, that arriving early is something I almost always do when traveling. I’ve had plenty of snafus, though — like long security lines and last-minute gate changes (and even a flight that left earlier than scheduled once) — to know that the physical stress I experience makes running late feel more like self-abuse.

Having a few extra minutes to get a cup of coffee or take a walk through the terminal makes a big difference for my emotional well-being. And it’s a heck of a lot more appealing than running to my gate in a state of panic. For that reason alone, arriving early to the airport early is an act of self-care.

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