Thinking about getting back into the travel game but feeling a little uneasy?
ALG Vacations asked Grow Therapy therapists for tips on managing travel anxiety.
Jules Jean-Pierre provided tips for managing everything from general to anticipatory anxiety and coping strategies to help you relax on your trip.
As for general travel anxiety, Jean-Pierre recommends keeping anxiety medication handy. She also said that meditation and breathing exercises can give a sense of control for those who don’t have medication.
“One of my tips, I discovered that one of the channels on board is the Meditation Channel!” Look for it when browsing your in-flight entertainment options. Of course, there are also apps that you can preload on your smartphone. Calm, Shine, Serenity, Liberate, Headspace, Sleep Sounds, and Exhale are all good options she endorses, but “personally, she’d rather listen to Exhale,” she confides. “This is a mental health app designed for women of all skin tones to help them tap into what they call ‘soul medicine.'”
There are other predictable travel anxieties like motion sickness and misbehaving children. Jean-Pierre’s advice for fear of what might happen is to be prepared.
The behavior of others is also unpredictable, which makes many travelers uneasy.
Fear of judgment, not the actual behavior of children, actually creates pre-travel anxiety.
Again, Jean-Pierre recommends keeping a distraction handy for your kids.
Anxiety gear includes noise-cancelling headphones and weighted blankets.
Jean-Pierre also noted that for those who are apprehensive about travel, it is not always possible to pack a bag that can prevent it.
“When people are in therapy, it is important to identify and address the root cause of their travel anxiety. [their] A therapist,” she said. “Each person is unique to trauma and related anxiety. Our brains are unique in many of the pathways associated with painful memories, so a session with a therapist would be helpful.” You can find it in.”
Read more about fighting travel anxiety here.