Travel anxiety is something many travellers encounter. If you’re currently nervous flying or traveling in general, these are quick tips that can help you calmly fight anxiety.
Fly with a travel companion
Having a travel companion can also make all the difference in the world, especially when they’re an experienced traveller. Your companion can be there to provide a feeling of personal security, have a conversation with you, provide encouragement and motivation, and help navigate you through the terminals, security lines, and boarding the plane. Before the trip begins, talk with your travel companion about your fears so they can be prepared.
Practice relaxation techniques
Instead of focusing on what the plane, flight attendant, or pilot is doing, use relaxation techniques to calm your mind. You will need to find which techniques are most effective for you. Breath deeply through your nose and slowly exhale from your mouth.
Use a weighted blanket
Using a weighted blanket can also be extremely helpful if you only need a few pounds of additional pressure to calm you. There are many different varieties of weighted blankets to choose from for adults and children. If you choose a full-size blanket, remember to get one that’s 10% of your body weight for optimum results.
Alcohol can alter the way your brain reacts. The effects of alcohol are different for everybody and it can potentially worsen your travel anxiety. Skip the bar during the layover or the in-flight alcoholic drinks. Opt for coffee, soda, or water instead. You can drink as much as you want once you arrive; it’s wiser to play it safe until then.
Eat healthy foods
Eating healthy foods that are low in sugar isn’t just recommended for test days at school, “junk food” can worsen your anxiety as well because your body craves nutritious food. Complete meals and foods with complex carbohydrates will make you feel less hungry and give you the energy to keep you going all day. Try packing a few high-quality snacks like protein bars or granola to eat on the plane so you don’t have to settle for the unhealthy convenience food that you might find in the airport terminal.
Exercise before you travel
As long as you’re not catching the first flight of the morning, you should have time to exercise before you head to the airport. Whether you walk on the treadmill, take a walk around your neighbourhood, or do a full-fledged Crossfit workout, exercise can relax your muscles and even distract you from the pre-flight jitters.
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