Have you always dreamed of making this wonderful trip to the other side of the world, or to the country on the other side of the border, but you remain grounded, so anxious is the idea of taking a trip? What a pity. Stress and anxiety deprive you of the discovery of new horizons and the happiness of seeing other landscapes and meeting other cultures.
But there is nothing insurmountable here. The fear of traveling, the stress of flying or the anxiety of leaving your house, your children, your pets for a few days can be overcome.
First, consider the possible causes of travel anxiety. Various experiences can lead to negative associations with travel. For example, 65% of people who had a major car accident developed travel anxiety. Just hearing about negative travel experiences, like a plane crash or an exotic illness, can make some people feel anxious.
Tips to Help Overcome Travel Anxiety
If travel anxiety is having a negative impact on your life, here are some tips that can help you deal with it.
-Working with a therapist can help you learn how to cope with anxiety and find out what works best for you.
– Identify your triggers
Anxiety triggers are things that cause your anxiety symptoms to increase. These triggers can be travel-specific, such as planning a trip or boarding a plane. They can also be due to outside influences such as low blood sugar, caffeine or stress. Psychotherapy, a treatment option for anxiety, can help you identify your triggers and overcome them before you travel.
Plan certain scenarios
Pre-travel anxiety most often stems from the “what if” aspect of travel. Although no one can foresee every possible scenario, it is possible to have a battle plan for some of the most common, such as:
What if I don’t have any more money? I can always contact a relative or a friend. I can bring a credit card for emergencies.
What if I get lost? I can carry a paper map or guidebook and my phone with me.
What should I do if I fall ill during the trip? I can take out travel health insurance before I leave or make sure my insurance will cover me. Most insurance policies provide access to a list of healthcare providers in different parts of the country or the world.
By preparing for such scenarios in advance, you will find that most problems have a solution, even when traveling.
Plan for home responsibilities while you are away
For some people, the thought of leaving home causes anxiety. Leaving home, children, or pets alone can cause extreme anxiety. However, just like planning a trip, planning to be away from home can help ease this worry.
Hire a house sitter or ask a trusted friend to drop by your house to help take care of your business while you’re away. A good sitter will provide you with regular communication while you are away from your home, children, or pets.
Bring lots of distractions
What is your favorite activity that helps you reduce your anxiety? For some people, video games and movies provide a visual distraction to pass the time. Others find comfort in quiet activities, such as books and puzzles.
Whatever your distraction, consider taking it with you. Pleasant distractions can help you avoid negative thoughts and give you something positive to focus on.
Learn relaxation techniques before you go and use them during your trip. Mindful meditation can help significantly reduce anxiety symptoms.
Breathing deeply, relaxing your muscles, and grounding yourself can help you relax and manage anxiety. The practice of cardiac coherence can be a valuable aid in reducing the sensation and effects of stress.
Travel with friends
If you are afraid to travel alone, bring a travel companion. If you choose to travel with someone else, there are plenty of group or couple activities available.
You may find yourself more open and adventurous in the company of someone who is comfortable. By the end of the trip, you might even have made a few new friends to travel with again.
List the positive points you expect from the trip
Before your trip, it can be helpful to write down any positive experiences you hope to gain from your trip. Keep this list with you on your trip and refer to it in times of anxiety.
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