Long distance travelling triggers my anxiety like nothing else.
Travelling long haul is never fun but when you have anxiety it can turn into a total nightmare. Over the years I have figured out a few tricks to keep myself sane before and during a long haul trip. I love seeing new countries so combatting my travel anxiety essential.
Comfort is Key
I try and make sure my travelling outfit is as comfortable as possible. I’m loving these converse joggers right now, they are insanely comfy, warm and soft. As I said comfort is key and I just can’t travel in an underwired bra! I hate anything that feels restrictive, my main problem with my anxiety is panic attacks and if I feel confined its 100% worse so a soft cup bra it is. I also always make sure I pack some comfy slipper socks as wearing shoes on a 14 hr flight is never fun. If you are heading somewhere extra hot and you know when you get there that joggers are going to be too much, pack a little tshirt dress in your hand luggage, you can slip it on in the loo & it won’t take up any space in your bag.
Pretending I’m somewhere else may not be the best coping mechanism but it helps so I’m sticking with it. I will always have a book with me, I prefer to have an actual physical book instead of one on my phone as there is always the fear your phone will run out of battery. I either take something I’ve never read before or an old favourite I’ve not read in a while. I’ll always have a notepad on me as writing really helps to relax me. You might only be writing a list of things to do when you get there but anything you have to focus on will help.
Smell something lovely
We all know long distance travelling can get a little smelly, someones threw up on the plane, the train toilets smell like a sewer or you have 5 people in the same car for 11 hours. A smell can transport us anywhere and I make sure I have a bottle of my favourite perfume on me at all times. Just don’t cover yourself in it as you may end up with other passengers hating you! I spray some onto the cuff of my jumper, my wrist and a scarf, the scent will last longest on the fabrics and when things get a little too much a good whiff of something comforting calms me right down. Currently I’m loving no 72 from Eden Perfumes. Moisturiser is not only essential for your skin on a long haul flight you can also use that as your scent, I find the smell of dream cream really comforting so I try and have a sample pot of this in my hand luggage.
Sleep is the best meditation
It may seem hard to do when you are tense as hell but sleep is essential when you are travelling long haul. Not only does it reduce stress (win!), it makes the time pass quicker which is always a massive bonus. My sleep kit is fairly simple, an eye mask, a pillow, a blanket & a playlist full of relaxing music. My playlist at the moment is mainly Portishead, Bjork, early Sia (listen to breathe me it’s amazing) and Death Cab for Cutie.
Medication is not giving in
If you are so nervous about travelling that the thought of getting on a plane/train/car/bus for longer than a couple of hours fills you with a dread you can’t manage then you may need other help. This is not failing, we all have things we are mortally afraid of and dealing with them yourself is not the best option. Go and talk to a professional, there are plenty of helplines available if you don’t want to talk to your GP, you can also go and see the practice nurse in your surgery or ask for a referral to a councillor. If you are nervous about taking medication then opt for a herbal remedy, there are plenty out there to choose from; teas/balms/tablets/tinctures the key is finding something that works for you. Sometimes you do need something stronger, this is not you giving in, it’s ok to admit that you need help. I go between 1 diazepam or three depending on how nervous I am before travelling. I will always have diazepam on me when I am flying, even if I don’t take it, knowing it’s there if I need it makes me feel better.
I hope my tips have helped or at least given you some ideas on what to try for your next trip. If you feel like you need any more advice, feel free to comment below or email me and I will try and help with any questions you have.
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