Thinking about getting back into the travel game but feeling a little uneasy?
Jules Jean-Pierre, a marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor working in Orange Park, Fla., offers tips for managing everything from general to anticipatory anxiety, and coping strategies to help you relax on your trip. To do.
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 tools include noise-cancelling headphones and weighted blankets.
Jean-Pierre also says that for those who have travel anxiety, it is not always possible to pack a bag that can prevent it.
“If a person is in therapy, it’s important to identify the root cause of travel anxiety and work with a therapist,” she said. …our brains are unique in many pathways associated with painful memories, something you can discover in a session with a therapist. ”
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