How to manage travel anxiety
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We are fast approaching summer and for a lot of people, summer means
travel. Unfortunately, there are more and more of us out there who suffer from some form of anxiety, whether that’s a diagnosed anxiety disorder or anxious thoughts and feelings that come and go at different points in our lives.
And for those of us that do experience anxiety, this can often be triggered or made worse by travel, sometimes having an impact on our holiday or even preventing us from going on holiday at all. There are lots of things that can contribute towards anxiety whilst travelling, ranging from the idea of flying or public transport, being separated from certain loved ones, eating certain foods or even the pressure to have an amazing time on every day of the holiday.
If you are made anxious by any of these things, or something completely different whilst travelling, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go on holiday at all, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you are incapable of having the holiday of a lifetime. I’ve put together a few ways that you can manage anxious thoughts and feelings before and during your holiday that can hopefully help you experience the best possible holiday you can.
Identify your triggers
For a lot of people, anxiety finds its roots in one particular thought or situation. Identifying what makes you the most anxious can help you target the specific thoughts and feelings that bother you when trying to enjoy your holiday. For example, if the idea of flying makes you anxious, find stats that show exactly how safe it is in an aeroplane.
Similarly, if separation anxiety affects you the most, search for ways to deal with being separated from the ones you love. More often than not you’ll find specific advice written by professionals or those who have similar experiences to you, that can help you manage the exact anxiety you’re experiencing.
Stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep
At the risk of sounding a bit like your mother; the amount of sleep we have and water we consume can make a big difference in the level of anxiety we are experiencing. Sleep and water might not be the ultimate cure to your anxieties, however, there is no doubt that sleep deprivation and dehydration are going to make you feel a whole lot worse. The healthier we stay, the better equipped we are to deal with stressful situations and anxiety.
Sleep deprivation and dehydration can make you feel especially worse in hot countries, and not drinking enough water can actually make you very unwell, so get your eight hours a night and chug that water. It’ll help you feel as good as you can feel and support your efforts to combat negative thoughts.
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