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USA Today Interviews Andrea on Successful Travel Coping Strategies

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Women taking photos in Paris. USA Today Interviews Andrea on Successful Travel Coping Strategies

Everyone knows that although summer vacations are fun, they are not always restful and relaxing.

Sometimes we return home needing a vacation from our vacation! Traveling can be stressful, especially as people are anxious to get out, visit family and friends, and enjoy some much needed fun.

In a recent piece by USA Today, “Coping Strategies for crazy 2022 travel season: Take a breath and lower your expectations,” Andrea Anderson Polk gives expert advice on how to prioritize your mental health and deal with stress while traveling and vacationing this summer. Andrea is quoted in this excerpt from the article:

"Be mindful," says Andrea Anderson Polk, a licensed professional counselor from McLean, Virginia. She says travelers should regularly ask themselves what they need, what they're feeling, and what they want. "This is not a selfish exercise," she adds. "It is necessary for coping with stress."

Read the entire article HERE !

Are you anxious and stressed about traveling this summer or need help learning how to find peace amid busyness? Or just generally overwhelmed? Book an introductory session with Andrea today! She has helped hundreds of people overcome barriers and cultivate mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness!


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Andrea Anderson Polk is a licensed professional counselor, nationally certified, registered clinical supervisor, and certified professional coach. She has a private practice in Northern Virginia with nearly 20 years of clinical experience helping hundreds of clients on their healing journey.

She is driven by a deep calling to help ambitious women of faith experience healing and breakthrough so they can live each day with peace and purpose. 

Andrea believes healing happens through relationship. The wounds that occur in a relationship must be healed in a relationship. Andrea invites you into a life-altering relationship.

Work with Andrea one-one- by contacting her here.


Andrea has spent her career studying the human experience and has developed a fascinating analogy that compares cuckoo birds, nature’s master manipulator and imposter, to situations and relationships that leave us feeling drained, confused, lost, and empty. Her new book, The Cuckoo Syndrome, helps us fend off the cuckoos, the unhealthy relationships, toxic thinking, and self-sabotaging behaviors in our life that never truly satisfy the deep longings of our souls and the desires of our hearts. 

Andrea’s clinically proven, innovative method helps us recover the lost pieces of ourselves, discover meaning in suffering, and transform our pain into purpose by teaching us to uncover the truth of who we are and who God is so we can be healed and live free. 

Purchase the book Andrea’s clients call “a life-changing breakthrough” for yourself and the people you care about today.

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If you….

Feel internal pressure to do all things well. 

Tend to neglect your needs to please others and search for validation.

Continually attract toxic or one-sided relationships leaving you drained. 

Want to build a life that is unashamedly true to who you are and what you want.


Then…this is the time to reclaim your JOY, ENERGY, AND TIME so you can live each day with peace and purpose!


Curious to know how?

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