The majority of people get excited about going on vacation or traveling abroad, but there also those that get nervous and anxious. For those that suffer from anxiety or panic disorders traveling, not only long distances but also short journeys can be very difficult and challenging.
The nature of travel is that it often puts people in a situation where they are in crowded areas and confined spaces such as a plane or train. This is something that most people take in their stride, but for people suffering from anxiety, it can increase the chance of a panic attack taking place.
Below are some of my tips on how to stop anxiety attacks or panic attacks when traveling.
Helpful Tips To Managing Anxiety When Traveling
A panic attack trigger for many anxiety suffers is going into an unknown place or situation and being far away from home. These are two things which cannot be avoided when traveling; however, it is possible to be prepared. You will most likely have an itinerary of when your train, plane or bus is departing, what time you need to check in at etc. This will allow you to identify the parts of your journey which you are most nervous about and which could bring on a panic attack; this means that you can be prepared to take action.
For example, you may expect heightened anxiety while you are in a busy departures lounge of an airport, so be prepared with some music, a book, a game or a movie that will help keep you distracted and relaxed.
Another part of your preparation should be organization. By being well organized, you will reduce the risk of being stressed and hassled. This includes having your passport, money, credit cards, tickets and necessary documents organized and easily accessible.
You can reduce the uncertainty of traveling situations by having every element of traveling, from your home to your destination, organized also. For example, if you require any transfers when you arrive at your destination, you should reserve them in advance of your trip; this will avoid searching for transport options when you arrive.
Staying comfortable may not seem like a very important tip, but for a lot of people this is one of the most important things. You will not have any control over the comfort of your plane or train seat but you do have control over what clothes you wear. Always wear clothes that you are used to and something that is comfortable and loose, so no new jeans or shoes or tight and restrictive clothes. You should forget about fashion and think about comfort as this is well worth it and will help towards creating a familiar and relaxed environment.
Although you may not be able to eliminate anxiety or panic attacks when traveling, you may be able to reduce the chance of one occurring. Traveling can be stressful for all people and it is a time where the chance of a panic attack may increase, so be aware of this fact and adapt these tips where needed to suit yourself.