AD | Whether you’re jetting off to turquoise shores, snowy mountains or staying closer to home for a UK staycation, anxiety can play an annoying part in a lot of our travel plans. I love going on holiday and weekends away but my anxiety always rears its ugly head at some point leading up to or during the trip. Travelling with anxiety isn’t an uncommon problem by all means.
Whether it’s a flying phobia or general anxiety (like me and my generalized anxiety disorder which conveniently makes me low-key anxious about everything and nothing, all the time) nobody wants anxiety of any kind to ruin their holiday. And whilst most of all will always be a bit worried about something going wrong on holiday, here are some useful tips for travelling with anxiety to ease it!
The first and probably most obvious one is medication. I’m now on anxiety medication (after 9 years of refusing it, the straw finally broke the camels back and I threw in the towel) and if your anxiety is particularly bad, your first point of contact should always be your GP. If there’s something specific you’re anxious about – like flying – they’ll probably be able to give you something for that too.
Breathing & calming techniques
External factors we can’t control. But we can control our breathing, our thought process and what we’re personally doing to make ourselves feel better. So in the lead up to a holiday, try practicing some breathing techniques which can be your go-to when you feel anxiety creeping in. You may also look into mindfulness, meditation, visualization or any other means of comfort for your trip – like a certain smell or piece of jewelry.
As Scar says, “be preparedddd”. And he’s right. Preparation is KING. Especially for those of us with anxiety. Feeling out of control can be a huge anxiety trigger. And going on holiday – where a lot of things are out of your control – is a cocktail for anxiety. A lot of people have mental and/or physical impairments which prevents them from just packing their bags and taking off into the skies.
So a lot of people may require more preparation for their holidays and trips away. For me, researching everything thoroughly really helps with my anxiety. Printing documents out as well as having them on my phone prevents me worrying they’ll go missing. And keeping track of transport timings, traffic and things like that help me keep some element of control over the journey (even if it really is all in my head!)
And for those with physical disabilities as well, it’s even more important to be prepared for holidays and trips away. You might not know this but people in the UK who have oxygen tanks from the NHS aren’t allowed to take them out of the country. So companies such as The Oxygen Store provide oxygen tanks to rent for those who need them who are leaving the country to go on holiday!
Self care, self love & kindness
Unfortunately, anxiety doesn’t always disappear as soon as you’ve reached your destination. But that doesn’t mean your holiday has to be ruined. You’re not in your comfort zone, so it’s more important than ever to be kind to yourself and prioritize your self care. If you’re feeling anxious, don’t beat yourself up about it. If you need a time out, take one. Take a notebook with you and journal your feelings. Be extra kind to yourself.
How do you prepare for your holiday or trip when anxiety crops up? Do you have any special technique to manage it?
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