Do you have travel anxiety? Has anxiety affected your travel plans and preparations?
Traveling can bring up tons of anxieties: Will I be okay? What if something happens to people back home while I am away? What if I am alone and afraid? What if the plane crashes? What if it is overwhelming? What if I miss the plane, or hate my accommodations? What if I get lost? What if I am homesick, but stuck there? What if I can’t get home? What if someone gets mad at me? What if I get anxious?
You name the worry, I have heard it and then some. All these worries just about make you want to stay home! You can manage travel anxiety and enjoy your trip. Here’s how.
How To Minimize Travel Anxiety
So how do you keep yourself on an even keel while you are traveling for work or pleasure? Keep these tips in mind.
1. Focus on pacifying vata. Travel, movement, and change aggravate vata (Six Ayurvedic Ways To Decrease Anxiety). Stay warm, hydrated, and eat well.
2. Do breathing exercises. Breathing can calm a stirred up mind. There are many kinds of breathing techniques. Find one you like. You can do these even in public without anyone around you knowing!
3. Spend some time outside. Nature is all over the world. Find a park and take a walk to calm uneasy feelings.
4. Get over your fear of flying (Fear of Flying? Try This).
5. Make a mental health plan. Make a plan for what to do if you run into trouble. Decide who you can call if you need to figure something out, or where to go if you have a question. Think about a few scenarios that might happen and make a list of what you might do about them. Then include them in affirmations to cure anxiety. This will help you build confidence in yourself.
6. Trust yourself. You are already handling things every day. You are smart and aware and you can problem solve. If a problem came up, you can take you time to figure it out. Many people have been in a pickle in this world, and they live to tell the tale. Besides, odds are big problems won’t happen. If your anxiety is telling you right now, “But they can,” please know that is the oldest anxiety tactic in the book. Anxiety wants you to think, “This time is different.” It is just its way of staying in control of your emotions. It seems logical to prepare for the worst, but it is just suffering. All you have to do is trust yourself.
7. Know Anxiety is just an experience. It cannot hurt you physically. What hurts is the meaning you make around it. If you think of it as terror, it will feel like terror. Some people think of this uneasy feeling as part of the thrill of adventure. You can think of it this way, too. That’s why all movies and stories have some conflict, some problem. They make life engaging.
8. Bring things along that will make you comfortable. This can be comfortable clothes, medicine, a photo, some crackers, or worry stone. Anything. The sky is the limit here (except when you are traveling, size matters.) When I was in the grips of my fear of flying, I used to wear a special prayer necklace that made me feel protected and connected.
9. Have fun. Anxiety and fun hardly can survive at the same time. One beats the other out eventually. Make sure that fun is the winner!
How do you prepare for a trip when anxiety threatens to keep you home?