After concluding a session at a busy airport, it’s common to be stressed or fatigued. I’ve certainly experienced this numerous times, and I’m sure that many other controllers have done so too. It’s always important to be aware of your physical, mental, and social health, which is why it is just as important to take steps to relieve yourself of stress after a stressful session.
First and foremost, before anything, turn off your device. Studies over the years have associated long amounts of screen time with increased levels of anxiety and stress; in addition, the blue light exposure that comes from staring at a screen for hours at a time is harmful to eye and brain health. Take this time to engage in relaxing activities, such as going for a walk or bonding with family and friends. If that’s not possible, take a moment to do some breathing exercises, meditation, or even a short power nap. Do something that relaxes your body, your mind, and your emotions without having to use your device. Whatever it may be, do something that makes you happy. Take care of yourself, especially considering the circumstances in which we are living today.