Traveling is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. With so many natural and man-made marvels across the world, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of the opportunity to see them for yourself. Traveling gives you a sense of being alive and liberated from the mundane daily routines that most of us are subjected to. When you have anxiety, though, the prospect of travelling alone may make your heart race. Fortunately, you don’t have to lose out on the delights of travel since we’ve got some fantastic advice on how to enjoy travel while suffering from anxiety. Take a look:
Travel with someone that makes you feel safe
If you’ve never travelled a long distance on your own, it might be a good idea to go with someone you trust for the first time. This could be a partner or a close friend, but either way, they can support you when dealing with any anxiety you may be experiencing. When you’re feeling very worried, the soft touch of a hand can be enough to settle you down and make you feel protected. Plus, going with someone you admire will almost certainly ensure that you have a fantastic time travelling the world! Remember that you’re not alone, and that they’re with you, and your nervousness should subside by thinking about it.
Eliminate health anxieties
Anxiety often stems from health related issues, and this is something you should be addressing. Visit your GP to talk about what’s bothering you, whether it’s emetophobia, worries about injury while you’re travelling, or something that’s been bothering you for sometime. They will be able to assuage your worries and provide you with treatment for anything you are experiencing. If you’re worried about panicking if a loved one becomes injured while you’re travelling, then it might be a good idea to look into CPR certification so you know exactly what to do should the situation arise.
Travel anxiety is fairly common, and your GP will be able to provide you with a variety of remedies to support you when you’re about to go. Tell your doctor why you’re afraid of travelling, and he or she will be able to help you discover the ideal solution. They may prescribe medication to help alleviate your anxiety, however these medications can make you tired. They will sometimes offer reading assistance and send you away with knowledge about how you’re feeling and how to deal with it. In any case, discussing with your doctor ahead of time could save you a lot of time and stress!
Another alternative for dealing with your anxieties while you’re travelling is looking into anxiety medication. It’s not for everyone, but it could help you feel calmer about travelling if you know you’ve got them to hand should you need them. There are also a range of medications your GP will be able to offer if you’re anxious about your flight.
What goes up must come down
We’re not even talking about a plane. When you’re suffering from anxiety, it’s important to realise that even if your panic attack feels like the worst thing in the world, it needs to be decreased at some point. It may be difficult to ‘ride out the storm’ at first, but once you have the idea in your head that these feelings will pass, you will find that your anxiety attacks are becoming fewer and farther apart. Some people prefer to experience exhilaration rather than anxiety during their anxiety attacks. So, rather than concentrating on your anxiety while 30,000 miles above the ground, try turning it into happiness.
Ready yourself for a change in routine
If you’re travelling a long distance, your time zone will most certainly shift, which will affect your sleeping patterns. Sleep is one of the most vital biological functions, and it can make you feel anxious if it is disrupted. Understand how to adjust your sleep schedule when travelling between time zones so that you can organize as much as possible and adjust to the new pattern. Instead of thinking of it as a change from what you’re used to, make it into a late-night adventure. Again, there are medications that can help you sleep if you’re struggling to adjust to your new routine, so be sure to keep that in mind when visiting your doctor.
Distraction is an amazing anxiety deterrent
When you’re travelling, one of the best and most effective methods to deal with anxiety is to just occupy yourself. Some modes of travel may limit you a little because you can’t use your phone on a plane, but there are plenty of other ways to keep yourself occupied:
- Take a portable DVD player with you and watch some movies that make you feel good and make you laugh so you can forget about what’s going on around you. Alternatively, you can download movies on your tablet or phone and enjoy them while on board. Just make sure that all of your devices are set to aeroplane mode!
- Coloring is a great way to clear your thoughts and create something you’ll appreciate long after you’ve returned from your trip.
- Crosswords and puzzles are another excellent approach to divert your attention away from your anxiousness. It also keeps your brain working, which helps you avoid the numbness that anxiety can cause.
- In almost any scenario, music is an extremely powerful resource. Make a killer playlist that both excites and relaxes you. Instead of focusing on the journey itself, try and focus on your destination!
- Play a game on your smartphone or with the person you’re travelling with. Simple activities, such as the alphabet game, can keep you occupied for a long time.
- Buy a book and read it. Books are an ideal way to lose yourself in something and forget about your problems. Why not bring a few novels with you so that your thoughts can unwind as much as possible?
Have your travelling companion learn some calming techniques
If you’re travelling with a loved one then it’s a good idea to clue them in on how to help calm you down if you’re experiencing anxiety while travelling. This can be anything from distracting you with a funny story, helping you with breathing techniques, getting your anxiety medication, or even asking for further help from someone else when you’re unable to. Knowing they can help might ease some of your anxieties.
Ask for reassurance
If you’re on a plane, a train, or any other vehicle that you don’t have control over, don’t suffer silently. Because they know the ins and outs of the vehicle you’re in, air stewardesses and train attendants are fantastic at calming passengers down. For example, if you’re on an aircraft and don’t like some of the turbulence, fetch the stewardess and discuss why the plane is moving the way it is, as well as how you’re feeling. They can help you relax by comforting you that everything is fine, and they’ll go through safety regulations with you again so that you’re safe no matter what happens.
Download anxiety apps
Sometimes when you’re feeling anxious you feel the need to face it head on, and that’s perfectly fine! However if you’re in a situation where you can’t get medical advice or the person you’re travelling with isn’t around to help, it’s ideal to have resources to hand to dive into. There are lots of anxiety self help apps with pre recorded tapes from professionals talking you through this anxiety experience. They can help calm your nerves, help you understand how you’re feeling when your mind is hazy from anxiety, and provide breathing techniques to bring you back down.
Take plenty of pictures
We’ve talked a lot about how to divert yourself from your present situation, and although this is a wonderful approach to deal with anxiety, it also serves to disguise the problem. Why not embrace your emotions and document your trip so that after it’s all said and done, you can look back on your images and see that nothing horrible happened? It simply might make you feel less nervous the next time you go! It’s also a wonderful way to start your photo album for your incredible travel adventure!
Set milestones and reward yourself
Finally, remember to reward yourself for making it through each milestone as you progress along your adventure! This could be in the form of a present from a nearby shop or a large coffee and donut from the nearest Starbucks. This will make you realise that it wasn’t that horrible after all, and it will also offer you something to look forward to on your next part of the journey. Remember to ignore the idea that you’re in an unpleasant circumstance and instead welcome these new sensations and accept them as they come. After your travel experience, you may realise that the concept of it no longer bothers you and that you are confident in doing it again! Have fun!