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Traveling can be a really stressful time for someone with anxiety. Starting before you even leave your house. You need to make sure you have everything packed and all your documentation that you will need for travel. Worrying that you might forget something can keep you up at night.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You are up all night the night before travel day, worrying about waking up on time so that you arrive at the airport in a timely manner. Once morning does come, you are so exhausted and your stress level is already sky high. You arrive at the airport and even if you have plenty of time, you are in a panic to find your gate, so you are rushing through the airport. You get to your gate with plenty of time to sit and relax, but your anxiety is through the roof so you can’t.
Once on the plane you worry about who is going to be sitting next to you. Are they going to want to talk to you? Please don’t let them talk. Are they going to fall asleep on your shoulder. Please don’t let that happen. You plan ahead as best you can. If you are traveling with someone, you pay extra so you can sit next to each other. You choose the seat that is not next to a stranger. If you are traveling alone, you try to get an isle seat. That way you don’t have to talk to or bother the person on the isle seat if you have to use the restroom.
You pay extra just to have a non-stop flight, because having layovers almost puts you over the edge. What if your luggage gets lost? What if you can’t find your gate in time? And worse case scenario, what if you miss your connecting flight?! All these what if’s are unbearable.
Traveling doesn’t have to be this draining. Below are some tips I have for making travel a little less stressful.
- Don’t wait for the last minute to pack. Spread it out over the week prior to travel.
- Have a packing list and cross off each item as you pack it.
- Keep your important documents in a coupon organizer, and keep it in your purse.
- Pack snacks, so you don’t have to make any pit stops in the airport. You can go straight to your gate.
- Go to the bathroom before you leave home for the same reason as above.
- Arrive at the airport a couple hours before your flight is due to leave, so you don’t have to rush.
- If you can, pay extra for a non-stop flight. So you don’t have to stress about finding your next gate and arriving on time.
- Bring earbuds and load your phone up with music, or bring a tablet or laptop and load it with a few movies so you don’t have to worry about talking to strangers.
These are just a few tips I have for making travel a little easier to bare. If you have any good tips, I would love to hear them. Leave a comment below.