Anxiety Travel tips

Heya ,

As you may or may not have noticed I didn’t post here last week as my Grandad passed away. I had the post typed up (I was prepared for once haha!) but I decided to let the week pass without a post as a mark of respect for him.

So after doing a twitter poll I found out that the post that you guys really wanted to see next here so I’ve compiled a list of travel anxiety tips. The main sort of travel that makes me anxious is flying. I don’t fly that often. Actually I’ve only flown twice; my family holidays to Italy and Hungary. I love travelling so much and exploring new countries and learning about their cultures and I am determined not to let my anxiety get in the way of what I want to do.

  1. Sit where you feel the most comfortable: I find that this helps me a lot as once I’m sitting where I’m most comfortable the anxiety around travelling decreases. While I’m flying I like to sit in the middle of the three seats on a plane as looking out the window terrifies me and being at the edge makes me too anxious as I’m near everyone.
  2. Bring something to distract yourself- When I’m feeling anxious particularly while travelling I like to have something I enjoy with me to do so I can keep my mind off my anxious thoughts. Some of the things I like to bring with me on my travels are: a colouring book and colouring pencils, a good book, a notebook and pen to write down bits of story inspiration or journal how I am feeling
  3. Listen to music- Music is a great distraction from racing thoughts. I like listening to Ryan Sheridan’s songs Alive and Superpower especially when I’m out and about. If you’re like me and you hate the noise of aeroplanes or alternatively the moving noise, chatter of people on a bus or train the music playing in your ears can help block out other noises.
  4. Positive Affirmations: I know I always bring these up but honestly they can help so much when feeling anxious. Saying things to yourself in your head like “I can do this”, “I’ve got this” or “I’m strong” can give you a boost and make you feel a little stronger to get through your journey until you reach your destination.

I hope this post has helped even one of you out there. If any of you have any tips or coping mechanisms that I haven’t mentioned please feel free to share them in here in the comments.

Have you tried doing any of the things I mentioned before?

See you back here next weekend

girlmasked

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The road to happiness can be a tough one but with the right tools and mindset we will all get there in the end. 

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  1. OOOH yess these work for me, especially music and distractions 🙂 Usually I feel sick in all places when flying but the other three have really helped in the past. This is a great post – thank you xx

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    1. No problem, I’m glad you liked this post. Thanks so much for reading it! 😊 Yeah, I like to distract myself too to stop my mind from making myself too anxious!

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    1. Thank you very much, Llinos, I appreciate that.
      Yeah, I agree with you there.
      Yes, lately I’m really getting into reading and books can certainly be a great distraction especially getting lost in the story and characters.

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  2. Oh my god I didn’t know your grandfather passed away, my condolences, I hope you’re doing ok.
    And thank you so much fro this post!! It’s great!! I don’t get nervous on planes cause I’ve been on a plane almost every year since I was 1 but yeah who knows when I’ll be nervous? 😛
    Great post!! 😀 ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, I really appreciate that. It’s been a tough week or two but I’m getting there. No problem at all! I’m delighted that you liked the post! Wow, sounds like you’ve done lots of travelling, must be great! Thanks again! 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I tried to fall asleep on the way home and I did for a while which was really handy! I don’t normally drop off to sleep easily but I was probably so tired from the holiday haha! No bother! 🙂

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  3. I’ve never been abroad so I don’t have any experience on a plane, and travel sickness prevents me from making too many distractions, but I agree with your music suggestion. That or TV shows downloaded onto my sister’s tablet were golden during a long trip to Cardiff and back with my college last year, and music is my saviour in long car trips. They definitely help distract from the anxiety, mainly because I’m taken away from the fact that I’m surrounded by people and have no way of getting out. I love your advice pieces; great post!

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    1. Ah okay. The travel sickness must be tough. Oh yes, the TV shows is a great idea too! I love listening to music on long car journeys, especially when I’m feeling anxious. Yes, I get anxious too when I know I can’t leave/get out so I’ve been trying to improve on that for a good while now. I know the feeling! Thank you so much for reading this post, I’m happy that you liked it. 🙂

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  4. Firstly, I am very sorry about your Grandad – I think it is lovely that you missed a week as a sign of respect. Very thoughtful. I agree with everything on this list, especially sitting in the middle seat of the three. I flew for the first time in 12 years in March this year and thought that sitting near the window would be a good shout but it definitely wasn’t because it scared me so much looking out of it haha. I like to pretend I am just on a train and not in the air. Brilliant list hun x

    Claire | clairesyear.com

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    1. Thank you very much, Claire, I really appreciate your kind words. Yeah, looking out of the window when I’m flying terrifies me too! That’s a great idea, I must try using that technique of pretending I am on a train the next time I am flying. Thanks for sharing it! Thank you for reading my post, I’m glad that you liked it. 🙂

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  5. My condolences about your grandad lovely X

    I love this post! Anxiety is something I struggle with massively when travelling, particularly on trains! I definitely find that music and distractions help a lot, I often take advantage of the train wifi and write a blog post!
    Hayley X
    Lifethroughtsg.com

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  6. So sorry to hear about your grandad, m’lovely! I hope that you and your family are doing ok and taking all the necessary time to grieve – sending you the biggest hug!

    This is a massively helpful post, I definitely agree about positive affirmations, I use them quite a lot in life in general, just to reassure myself during anxious moments, so I’m sure they’re great for travelling too! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Abbey 😇 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Yeah, music can definitely be a big help. Oh I hadn’t thought of having mints, thanks for mentioning it, I must try having them next time I’m travelling!

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  7. Sorry to hear about your granddad! Hope you’re doing okay x
    Travel anxiety sucks. As you say, sitting where your comfortable is so important! I have to sit at the back by the window, to avoid loads of people all around me. One side is enough thank you! Then I put my music on loudly and keep my eyes closed for the entire journey. :’)
    Astrid
    http://www.astridkaniele.com

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