Travelling can be stressful: buying tickets, packing, showing up, and dealing with the uncertainties and the unknown. Maybe you hate driving or flying, which increases your anxiety, resulting in unwanted feelings and physiological symptoms like sweating, an increased heart rate, and shortness of breath.
So, don’t worry, you are not alone. Feeling anxious, nervous and tense is common among many. Below we will discuss some ways that you can manage your anxiety while travelling.
Make a list of everything you need to pack, ahead of time. If you are flying or taking a train, plan your route ahead of time as well as buying your tickets ahead of time. Plan for certain scenarios as anxiety often comes from the “what if” scenarios.
Make sure you prepare by making a list of things you can pack that will help you to reduce your anxiety. Consider a comfortable pillow, a blanket, some cold water, a snack and CBD capsules, such as our anxiety and stress relief herbal CBD capsules.
Identify Your Stressors
The best way to deal with anxiety is to anticipate it. What does this mean? Identify what usually causes you the most stress and take small steps towards fixing it. For example, instead of letting the “worst case scenarios” play out in your head, think about logical conclusions. You can also keep a list of the positive experiences you have had before while travelling, to demonstrate that this travel experience will also go well.
Pack some distractions that will help you to overcome your anxiety. Perhaps some meditation exercises, fidget toys, music, books, puzzles, etc. “Learn relaxation techniques before you leave and use them while you’re on your trip. Research shows that mindfulness meditation can help to significantly reduce anxiety symptoms. Breathing deeply, relaxing your muscles, and grounding yourself can all help you relax and deal with anxiety. If it’s possible, travel with a friend or family member that can keep your company.
Plan in advance and learn some relaxation techniques that can help you when you become anxious.
- Use Affirmations – repeat calming statements to yourself that make you feel safe.
- Images – focus on a calming image or think about your favourite place that brings a smile to your face. Think about the specific aspects of this “favourite place” such as the smell, what you see, what you can touch, etc.
- Meditate – download some guided meditations to your phone.
A Word From Plant Worthy
Travel anxiety can be challenging, but your anxiety shouldn’t hold you back from having a fulfilling travel experience. Follow the above suggestions to manage your anxiety symptoms on your next trip. Let us know below how you deal with your travel anxiety.