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7 Ways to Help You Overcome Anxiety While Traveling

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The holidays are coming up and you’re probably thinking about planning a trip, but worried about how anxiety may hold you back. With these tips, you can overcome travel anxiety.

Preparation Is Key

This is something I have always been passionate about. As a Taurus with anxiety, I love a plan. I feel more secure and solid when I have a plan. That’s how I spend each day. With anxiety, you may react with fear to anything that catches you off guard.

Many stressful circumstances may be avoided with careful preparation. With the right plan, traveling is simple. It’s nice that not everyone is wired to go along with whatever happens. If you feel safer with a plan, then make one.

Expectations Don’t Serve You

Instagram is flooded with stunning images of beautiful places and happy people having the time of their lives. You can’t rely on the accuracy of these pictures since they’re only a snapshot.

Expectations seldom correspond to actual outcomes. Being let down is inevitable when the actual world doesn’t meet your expectations. That’s a stupid reason to hurt ourselves. As a traveler, I recommend keeping an open mind. When you don’t anticipate anything, you’re always pleasantly surprised.

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Traveling Doesn’t Fix Anxiety

To continue with the theme of expectations, you should not anticipate that a trip will alleviate your anxiety. Even if you may have read or heard somewhere that travel “cured” someone of their anxiety, you should not expect the same results for yourself. That can’t be true. You’ll probably experience the same level of anxiety traveling as you do at home. Fear originates in one’s mind and body rather than the external world.

There are always outliers. The stress of work or family life may be alleviated by seeing the world. It’s possible that it might happen again if you return to those settings.

Escaping your problems by running away is not a viable option. My anxiety levels reduced in some respects while I was away, but in others increased. There’s no way to foresee travel’s effects unless you experience it, and there are no guarantees.

A Travel Buddy Isn’t Always Good

I would suggest taking a friend or family member along if you suffer from anxiety and would feel unsafe

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