Suffering from anxiety doesn’t make you any less than others. You can still live happily and do what you love. Travelling when suffering from anxiety might sound like a bad idea. In fact, travelling is one of the biggest challenges for those who suffer from anxiety disorder even if it is solo travel. Being alone during travel can make the anxiety go overboard. However, it is possible for travelling smoothly with anxiety disorder though. Lots of people have proven this. You can also be one of those who are willing to try to overcome your anxiety by travelling.
Dealing with anxiety during travel
It is important to be prepared before travelling by packing your necessities, and booking everything ahead. By being prepared you can ease up your anxiety a little. When you have succeed to overcome your fear before travelling, other issues may arise during the travel itself. It is possible that you feel the anxiety creeping up inside during the trip that makes you want to go home immediately. So here are some tips to overcome this issue.
Travel can be stressful even for those who don’t have social or travel anxiety. It can be disorienting. Thus, it will be helpful to form a routine for yourself. It makes you have some control over something because you know what to do and what will happen. Routines make you expect of something so you don’t second guess yourself and worry over something.
One of safety tips during travel is to follow your instinct when you feel like something goes wrong. However, this might not be applicable for you who suffer from travel anxiety because your instinct tells you that something abs will always happen. If you follow that intuition, you won’t be able to step out of your hotel room. That’s why it is god to ignore your intuition sometimes especially when it becomes too much to the point you cannot step out of your hotel room.
Treat yourself something you really like somewhere along the trip. Being too strict with your budget can add to the things that can trigger your panic attack. Therefore, it is good to save money for the bad days. It is possible to experience bad things during your trip that and put you in such a bad mood or panic attack. When something like this happens, you can use your saved-up money to treat yourself so you can recover well. You can treat yourself an expensive meal or to do something you love. This way, you can regain your confidence so travel won’t traumatize you.
Try to avoid things that can trigger your anxiety such as alcohol because it can make your anxiety even worse. Instead, you can try leaving your comfort zone as often as possible. You can take a leisure walk down the street or try some pastries in a bakery near your hotel. Also, don’t compare yourself to others because every individual experience different things. It will only make you feel less than others. Instead, try to think of positive things.