Traveling is an incredible experience, but not for people who suffer from anxiety. Dealing with anxiety abroad is even more difficult. When I started traveling around the world when I was little more than 20 years old, I became extremely anxious when I was abroad, so I know firsthand what the anxiety of traveling is. I did not enjoy many wonderful places because of that. I tried and tried many ways to overcome the anxiety to travel and now I really enjoy every trip. The next time you are in a foreign country and have that feeling of fear and anxiety in your stomach, follow these little tips so that traveling is much easier.
How to stay calm on the outside
1. Positiveness breeds positive thoughts
The power of positive thinking is immense, and believe it or not, it really works. Positive attitude breeds positive thoughts, which means that you feel more relaxed and less worried. The trick is that your subconscious believes whatever you tell it. If you tell him that you can not travel by plane, you can not do it, so tell yourself that you can do it and you will. When anxiety occurs, thinking about positive things can trick your mind into thinking that everything is fine.
Although it sounds too simple, taking control of your breathing can help relieve anxiety. Concentrate on your breathing to break the feeling of panic and decrease the heart rate. It will help you get rid of negative thoughts and panic attacks in a matter of 10 minutes. Anxiety melts and your positive attitude is restored. Meditation and yoga are excellent options too.
3. Talk to your parents or your friend
When you are in a foreign country, you may not have anyone to talk to. Also, you may feel that no one cares about you. Like Clifton Fadiman, he said: “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you feel comfortable, it is designed to make your own people feel comfortable.” Do not let your anxiety ruin your trip. If you’re worried about something, why do not you call your parents or your best friend? They know how to calm him down and increase his mood. Instantly you will feel less alone and less anxious.
Like depression, anxiety can be caused by a variety of different factors, from everyday events to traumatic events, such as air accidents. When you feel that your worries prevent you from enjoying your trip, imagine that they fly in the air, like butterflies, and you see them fly by. Acknowledge your concerns, but do not allow them to settle. The nature link can also work wonders. Maybe it sounds crazy, but believe me, it really works.
5. Create a safe area
Go to the place that makes you feel happy and safe. Having a safe area is beneficial when it comes to anxiety. It can be a cafeteria with which you are familiar, a local group or a tourist information center. Many people consider volunteering in a foreign city. I love this idea. You will not only make many new friends, but you will also feel more secure.
Being abroad is very different from what you are used to, and it can be difficult to shake off the feeling of stress or worry. Find some cheap but effective ways to relax your mind and body. Opt for a massage, aromatherapy, scented candles, hypnotherapy and anything that might work for you. I always carry rescue diamonds in my purse, just in case. Relaxation can help you deal with the cause of your worry and anxiety.
7. See a doctor
Finally, if you can not deal with anxiety, no matter how hard you try, seek medical attention. Go to the hospital and if you do not know the language, ask for an interpreter so that you understand what a doctor tells you. You may receive some medications, but you should know that different countries treat conditions in a different way, so it might not be what you expect.
With these tips, you can travel the world and forget about anxiety. However, if you have been suffering from severe anxiety for some years, I do not recommend that you make your trip until you face your health problems. Healthy people see more and do more when they travel, so be sure to visit your doctor first. Have you ever had anxiety to travel?