Resfeber (n) : The tangled feelings of fear and excitement before a journey begins.
It's time! It's time to pack your suitcase with your clothing, toothbrush, camera and excitement, but for some travelers, anxiety decides to pack itself. Joy!
For myself, travel anxiety creeps up a few days before and then full blown on the day of. In that moment - everything feels horrible & explaining anxiety to someone who doesn't suffer with it feels pointless. You aren't alone.
Here are a few personal tips that has helped me cope with Travel Anxiety.
Prayer is the first - go to - method I use. Having always been strong in my faith and experiencing the power of prayer in the past, once I hold my rosary and pray I don't feel alone. I feel a sense of relief - that everything that felt heavy becomes light and lifted.
Nothing beats having your headphones on and being zoned out to music that you love. Close your eyes, concentrate on your breathing and get lost in the music.
Ughhh! I know - sleeping on an aircraft can be the most uncomfortable sleep of your life. Your butt gets sore, you get cranky, and if the seats are cramped together it can really be frustrating. I love to travel light - shoes that are easy to kick off, comfy clothing, and I always bring an inflatable headrest so my neck doesn't get sore.
** As you sit on the plane:
Step 1 : Request a blankey! These go so quickly - especially on night flights.
Step 2 : Cover your head ! Strange enough, this is the only way I can sleep on a plane as it just eases my anxiety completely.
What better way to be relaxed than cozied up in a chair watching a movie? In flight movies can help ease anxiety, it also can help pass the time.
My anxiety goes through the roof when I reach immigration. After having tamed my anxiety for a long flight, I am tired, sore, cranky and hungry. The last thing any traveler wants to do is stand up in immigration for a few hours - depending on the line. After talking to my cousin, she suggested a good book. It helps keep your mind busy and you don't feel the wait as much.
I hope this list helps somewhat if you suffer with Travel Anxiety.
If there is something you do to cope that will help others, leave a comment below !