Travel and tourism in the United States are expected to reach pre-pandemic levels in 2022, contributing nearly $2 trillion to the country’s economy, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
While most of us love to travel and couldn’t wait for airlines to reopen to experience the takeoff again, many get anxious even at the thought of flying or going to a new unknown location across the sea. Travel anxiety is becoming common, from the fear of height and new places to the fear of accidents and other fatalities.
But that’s normalPeople terrified of flying know what it feels like to have sweaty palms, nausea, and shortness of breath descend upon them as they contemplate being stranded in the air, helpless to do anything about it.
Travel anxiety can develop for many reasons, and it varies from person to person. Some might get anxious about flying after a bad experience, and some have uncontrollable and unreasonable anxiety attacks when traveling by air. Among many other reasons for fear of flying are air turbulence, takeoff, landing, fear of crashing, or even claustrophobia.
In this blog, we’ve gathered 5 five easy and practical strategies to help you manage your travel anxiety and regain control effectively and efficiently. So it doesn’t take away the fun and excitement from your holiday. Wheels up, stress down!
1. Relaxation Breathing
You can reduce anxiety attacks or even alleviate them with the help of deep breathing techniques. Before you hop onto a plane, learn some relaxation techniques and mindful meditation, as it’s proved to help reduce anxiety symptoms. Try long and calm breathing methods; take deep breaths through the nose and exhale gradually through your mouth whenever you feel anxious. Traveling anxiety may be relieved by using long, calm breathing methods. Take deep breaths to prevent a panic attack if you feel anxious when traveling.
2. Take Control
You may have anxiety because you believe you have no control over what is going on around you and what may happen in the future. It’s best to prevent the initial stage of an anxiety attack by ensuring your journey is well planned. Before you arrive, make sure you’ve looked into everything: directions, recommended restaurants, local subways, and other modes of public transit. Knowing as much as you can about your surroundings before going to a new area may reduce anxiety and allow you to concentrate on the journey itself.
3. Partner Up
Traveling may be difficult for those who suffer from a fear of flying, known as ‘aviophobia.’ One of the best ways to assist these people in overcoming their fear of travel is not to allow them to go alone. Traveling with a companion may enhance the whole experience. Anxiety over traveling might be reduced by having someone explain the ins and outs and future activities to you. Keeping your mind occupied and relaxed when traveling may be achieved by participating in conversations or activities.
4. Be Prepared
Make a concerted effort to foresee all of your trip needs. It’s easier to travel if you’ve done all of your planning and packing ahead of time, making the trip less stressful. If you’ve packed everything, you’ll need it ahead of time, and your trip day will be less stressful. Anxiety sometimes causes people to put things off until the last minute, but pre-travel packing may help lessen that tension. The toiletries can wait until the last minute, but start packing everything else now, so you don’t have to worry about them when you get there.
5. Distract Your Mind
You may truly enjoy your trip if you have something to occupy your time, as long as you’re not the one driving. If you’re worried about having a panic attack while traveling, it’s a good idea to bring a book or listen to podcasts to get your mind off of things. To avoid triggering an anxiety attack, distract yourself with your favorite T.V., video game, vlog, or doodling activities.
Seek Professional Help
We understand it’s hard to ask for help. But it’s nothing to be ashamed of. If you don’t seek help, your symptoms are unlikely to go away and may even worsen. A trusted option is Houston OCD Consulting.
Houston OCD Consulting is a group of certified professional counsellors who are experts in treating stress and anxiety management. We use evidence-based behavioral treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure/response prevention therapy.
You can reach out to us at 281-780-8318 or book an online appointment at your convenience on our website.