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Traveling with Anxiety

March 17, 2020

When you have an anxiety disorder, doing things outside of your comfort zone can be two or three times more challenging than those without it. 

A good example of it is traveling. For many people with anxiety disorder, this can be a daunting task but there are those who have proven that you can travel and enjoy it even with anxiety. 

If you’re contemplating about seeing new places but worry about your anxiety, the following tips can help:

  • Plan ahead

Anxiety usually stems from the thought of not being in control. By planning ahead, you can reduce your anxiety.

You may want to meticulously plan your first few days of travel – planning the route, what you’re going to do once you get to your destination, etc. It can also help to rent a car or ride a taxi while you’re still getting acclimated to the place. 

If your budget permits, book a private room, at least for the first few days. For some people with anxiety, this provides them a better mental state especially when it’s their first time traveling.

  • Join support groups

Anxiety disorder is different from occasional anxiety in a way that it interferes with one’s day-to-day life. 

People without it may not fully understand what one with anxiety disorder goes through. 

So before you book your trip, it would be beneficial if you join online support groups for travelers with anxiety. These groups can be handy especially if you’re on the road and experiencing anxiety. They understand what you’re going through as they’ve been or are in a similar situation as you are. 

  • Have a routine

Having those constants in your day-to-day schedule can help alleviate your anxiety. Find a routine that suits your lifestyle and schedule. It could be waking up at the same time every day, going for a walk, or whatever it is. Having a routine makes you feel that there are things you have control of.

  • Create a backup plan

Not sure if staying in a hostel is right for you? Have a backup plan. In that way, you’ll lessen your chances of panicking when things don’t go as planned.

  • Practice relaxation techniques

Did you know that simple things like deep breathing can make a difference when you’re on the verge of having a panic attack? Practice these before you hop in a plane. They’ll come handy when your anxiety strikes while you’re on the road.

They say travel can help you manage your anxiety better. If it doesn’t, it’s okay. Every person is different.

If your anti-anxiety meds are causing more harm than good, then know that there’s a less invasive way of managing anxiety. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an example.

NeurOasis TMS offers TMS therapy for people suffering from anxiety, depression, pain, autism, and more. If you’re curious about how it works, we would be more than happy to talk with you.

You can schedule online for a no-obligation consultation with us or call (520) 338-2557.