5 ways to deal with travel anxiety

It’s no secret that I am a keen traveller and I love my holidays but I still get anxious when I travel. Something about moving without control makes me feel unsettled. The no control aspect is probably the reason why I get anxious, I often wonder if it was me driving would I feel any better. Anyway, I’m drifting away from the point now. Here’s my rundown on how to deal with anxiety whilst travelling.

Obviously these are going to depend on what mode of transport you’re using and there are other variables like whether it’s public or private transport and who you’re going with.

1. Find your optimum place/seat.

This can take practise on finding out what you do and don’t like but once you know all of this you can make yourself feel so much more comfortable. For me I prefer a window seat so I can see what’s going on and I’m not completely clueless as to where I am. I think it helps with the control thing. I also find being seated is a GREAT thing as I can calm down so much easier

2. Try and sit/stand with people you know. 

Being with people I trust, know and like instantly makes me feel calmer, more relaxed and talking is a great distraction

3. Bring a phone and other distractions.

I always have ,and hopefully always will ,travel with people I know and like but I know that some people this isn’t always possible and I’m sure there will be a day that I will have to face travelling alone.

So utilise your phone as much as you can. Call, Facetime, oovoo someone. Use it as a time to catch it up with old friends and most places now have wifi available.

Phones also have a wide range of apps that don’t require wifi that you can pre download to keep you entertained and more importantly distracting you. You can also buy tv shows and films on tablets and phones. Or you can be traditional and bring a book.

4. Bring comfy things.

This will be more appropriate for long haul flights or long boat rides compared to the London underground but none the less it’s still a tip. Blankets, over sized T-shirts etc will all make your surroundings feel a bit more normal and you might even be so comfy that you’ll fall asleep.

5. Make it fun.

Think of it as an excuse not to do anything but relax. On a plane you can use face masks to help you relax and help your complexion at the same time. You could even buy something that you have wanted for ages like a book or a blanket. Just find something to spice up the journey a little more.

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Think rationally

One of the most annoying things when you are panicking is someone going ‘For goodness sake that’s not going to happen just think rationally!’. It’s annoying but annoying true. We build things in our heads up into a massive storm when really it’s beautifully sunny outside. Because I have had anxiety for a few years now I have been developing thoughts, techniques and strategies to really kick my anxiety in the butt. Now that I am doing a lot more of it for myself I have found that rational thinking really helps me to order my thoughts and fight the negative, made-up thoughts that I have been believing with the plain and simple, black and white, hard facts.

The other day I was getting really worried that I had’t eaten enough fruit and got enough vitamins even though I had. When I look back now I think ugh come on why there you really that worried? But at the time that was a big deal for me. I conquered it by using the plain hard facts and listing them in my head. Sometimes I’ll actually write them down so that I can physically see it written in front of me. Kind of like a pros and cons list but fact and fiction.

Fact:

  • I had eaten 3 pieces of fruit that day ( still a bit low but enough to survive )
  • I had eaten other things that were high in nutrients.
  • Other people don’t even eat 1 piece a day.

Fiction:

  • I’m going to faint beach of it.
  • I’m going to be unwell because of it.
  • I have eaten no where near enough fruit.
  • I have eaten no fruit.

You can see how easily the mind can trick you and how if we believe the fiction then we will inevitably panic and get worried. If we separate the fact from the fiction then we can see that actually ALL of that worry was made up and based upon nothing.

I hope this helped if it did remember to give it a like. Next time you are worrying try and think rationally – it will seriously help you order and sort through your thoughts.

Thanks for reading, Worry Warriors,

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Acheive in steps

With anxiety it’s very easy to see each hurdle as a massive elephant sat in the middle of the road. To get past the elephant first we have to drive to it, get out of the car, say hello, get to know it and then finally it will move and we can pass. When we see it as a huge obstacle what we want to do instead is drive around it and that’s trespassing. Ok I got a bit carried away with the elephant analogy but what I’m saying is that if we break it down into steps then we see it as more manageable and therefore we don’t trespass (avoid it).

Let’s take a real life situation and break it down because I doubt that any of you are going to see an elephant sat in the middle of a road and even if you do I bet asking it to move won’t really work.


 

Example:

Worry: I’m really worried about going into science 5th lesson.

Breaking it down: 

  1. Go into school,
  2. Go to all your other lessons that you aren’t worried about,
  3. Maybe go and talk to someone about your worries,
  4. Walk to the door,
  5. Go through the door, (notice how you really have to pick out every single detail)
  6. Walk to your desk,
  7. Sit down,
  8. Open your book,
  9. Get through 10 seconds,
  10. Get through 1 minuet,
  11. Keep breaking it down into minuets and before you know it the lesson will be over.

If we look at it broken down how much more manageable does it seem? Hopefully a lot.By taking any kind of situation 1 minuet at a time we can quickly realise how quickly and by how much our anxiety it going down.

I really hope you enjoyed this post if you did remember to give it a big like and try and practise this even when you don’t feel anxious so you can get into a bit of routine and then it will feel more natural when you are panicking.

Thanks for reading, Worry Warriors,

Win The Worry Wars.

 

Pretty little liars

Now you may of heard of this huge tv show before. If you haven’t it’s kind of a murder mystery show and in my opinion very good hahah. Any way I was watching this on Sunday morning whilst tucked up in bed and suddenly I came across a point that was worth writing about.

It was in season 4 episode 3 I have a clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C48Tv70MQgk 

If you watch it you’ll see Aria is really nervous about going into his office – I’m not going to explain the backstory or we would be here forever and you only really need to see what’s in the clip to get the anxiety tips from it. She get very nervous and starts panicking about all the bad things that could happen – Her ex boyfriend getting sent to prison but all that really happened was her vice principal giving her a letter.

This happens to me all the time I think everything is going to be a lot worse that it actually is. So next time that you start to think that all these terrible things are going to happen, Stop, watch the clip and then try and rationalise your thoughts.

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Real quick I know it’s been a while I have been away and life has got in the way but I’m back and I think I’ll update every other week but if I can once every other week. I’d rather under-promise and over-deliver.

Thanks for reading, Worry warriors,

Win The Worry Wars

You still get those moments.

So on Tuesday after school I had a bit of a mare.

I had several panic attacks about stuff I hadn’t worried about for ages but  I managed to deal with them and it all turned out ok.

So the first thing that happened was something that bothered me so much I just had to do it. As you may or may not know I’m worried about having allergic reactions to things so peanuts has always been a big goal because they are something that is a common allergen. Sometimes I get to a point when I get so annoyed I just have to do something and this was one of those circumstances. There was a packet of peanuts on the kitchen side and I had been avoiding them like ild fire for a few days but in the end I got so annoyed I just went for it. I knew that I wasn’t allergic but I still couldn’t get the thought out of my head I ate one and sat there waiting. I guess I was waiting for an allergic reaction to the peanuts but yo know what? It never came. I knew it wouldn’t but at the same time my anxiety still gave me that seed of doubt.

I also used a new shampoo the other day and pretty much the same thing happened I was waiting for the reaction and this time I also go the symptoms but nothing actually happened. A few months ago I would have had to go and talk to someone but not now and I’m pleased with that.

So that’s pretty much all I have to say today but if you do take a bit of a step back don’t worry because that happens to all of us! I really hope you enjoyed this if you did remember to give it a thumbs up and follow this blog for more anxiety battling tips and I will see you guys next week.

Thanks for reading, worry warriors,

Win The Worry Wars

Ear seeds

So your probably really confused and lIke what are ear seeds, well I was to.

Ear seeds are little metal balls attached to a sticky plaster. It is the same principle as acupuncture but nothing pierces the skin. You stick the balls onto your ear and squeeze them when you get nervous in order to touch a pressure point which is supposed to stop/ help the anxiety. In the case for anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, pain, addiction and detoxification you place it on the shen men. You can attach them on other places on the ear for different reliefs.

I am trying them for the first time so far they are great as far as I can see they are supposed to stay in for three days and one of the best parts is instead of having to get needles and going to a special place you can order them online and put them on at home which is great for me!

They don’t cause any pain and you can barely see them which is great. I bought a packet which easily has at least 6 months worth and they were only 7 GBP which is great so they are very in expensive.

TIP: IF YOU CAN GO FOR THE CLEAR PLASTER ONES AS THEY ARE MORE DISCREET AND LOOK SLIGHTLY BETTER.

Thanks for reading Worry Warriors and I will see you next week. Don’t forget to like,rate comment if you’ve used ear seeds or would use ear seeds and follow to become a Worry Warrior. Until next time…

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A close up .

A close up .

These are some clear ones on the ear. As you can see they are very discreet

These are some clear ones on the ear. As you can see they are very discreet

What a sheet looks like. you tend to get several sheets in a packet.

What a sheet looks like. You tend to get several sheets in a packet.

Read this when your alone with anxiety

First off happy new year guys! I hope this year will be better to you than last especially for anxiety. 🙂

I found this online (I have forgotten where) and thought maybe you could use this when your alone and you feel anxious. Also it may be a good thing to say to someone you know if they’re very anxious. I have done it in a document so you can print it out if you need to but I have also written it down here incase you have any trouble opening the document. Note: I did adjust some words slightly to make it better.

Breathe. You’re going to be okay. Breathe, and remember that you’ve been in this place before. You’ve been this uncomfortable and anxious and scared and you’ve lived. Breathe, and know you can survive this. These feelings can’t break you. They’re painful and deliberating, but you can sit with them and eventually they will pass. Maybe not immediately, but some time soon, they are going to fade and when they do you’ll look back on this moment and laugh for having doubted your resilience.I know it feels unbearable right now, but keep breathing again and again. This will pass. I promise it will pass. xx

AS A WORD DOCUMENT

I hope you guys enjoyed todays post and you could relate to it. Maybe it has helped just now or you need to save it to help next time. Thanks so much for reading I truly love you guys xx

Thanks,

Win The Worry Wars