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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Why waste another day worrying?

Feeling fed up can often drive us to acheive. This couldn’t be more true than with anxiety. When you just feel fed up of feeling rubbish and being worried about everything isn’t that just a reason to push on and beat it.

When I get fed up this is often the time that I look forward and try and smack it down.

Time is precious we don’t know how much time we have and when we spend lots of time worrying we need to put it into perspective and think:

  1. What is worrying going to acheive? Pretty much 100% of the time it does absolutely nothing for us except make everything worse.
  2. Is this helpful? No we are just feeling worse becasue we are getting ourselves so worked out over something that will probably be fine in the end.
  3. Do I really want to spend my whole life worrying about what might happen? NO
  4. Wouldn’t it be better to push myself and feel really anxious for a few minutes to then acheive something amazing and feel really good? Yaaazz.

At the end of the day do we want to spend all our time worrying? I know that this is so much easier said than done but if we can try and push through this horrible wall won’t it all be worth it? To have a life where we don’t have to spend a lot of time worrying about everything.

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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.

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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.

 

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

FIRST OF ALL HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT YEAR FILLED WITH ANXIETY-FREE DAYS AND THAT YOU CAN ALL GET STRONGER!

No I’m not talking about the song – well maybe I am? I’m not sure haha. Basically I’m talking about the message. I think this ties into anxiety very nicely. For me one of the only ways I can get back to being my ‘normal’ self is if by trying all the things I’m scared of again which is obviously scary but each time I get a bit stronger. Continue reading