After months of planning and saving, you’re finally ready to take that vacation you’ve been dreaming about. But despite all this preparation, a sense of looming dread takes over you as the date for your departure comes closer and closer. Anxiety while traveling is a total normal phenomenon, with almost 1 in 5 Indians suffering from depression, anxiety is only the natural progression of this mental illness. Despite these challenges, FlightHub reviews the ways in which you can manage your anxiety while abroad, while also enjoying your vacation to the fullest.
Reduce anxiety prior to your trip
Though this sounds easy, taking the appropriate steps to plan ahead for your trip is a great way to reducing anxiety buildup. Create a checklist of last-minute necessitates, packing lists, and itineraries that’ll keep you on schedule for everything travel related. Apps like TRIPIT are a wonderful tool to help organize your entire trip, and keeps it safely (and conveniently) saved to your phone! TRIPIT will keep your schedule from making sure you’re at the airport on time, to sudden gate changes, therefore reducing your stress and anxiety while on vacation.
Get a good night rest
Traveling is exhausting business, and depriving yourself of sleep prior to embarking on your trip will elevate stress and anxiety. To combat this make sure you get in a good sleep the night before you depart. Science has long declared the benefits sleep brings to the mind and body, allowing people to be more alert and better aware of their situation. This will also mean that dealing with situations that may arise are done in a more calm fashion, allowing for better judgement and rational to take precedence over short-tempered and irrational outbursts.
Wear comfortable clothing
Wearing clothing that is comfortable, breathable and able to layer is key when traveling. Planes and airports can be quite cold, so bringing extra sweaters, sock and comfortable pants are a great way in keeping sane and relaxed either on board, or while you wait in a terminal.
If being on the plane is the source of general anxiety for you, FlightHub strongly recommends practicing controlled breathing to keep your heart rate down. Focus on your breath and drinks lots of fluids (water, not caffeine or tea!). If you think you can nap, FlightHub strongly recommends getting some sleep as this will also help with the anxiety.