Travel Anxiety – Ease Your Fears With These Easy Methods
The world is an ever-changing place an travel anxiety can prevent you from experiences you’ll treasure. Luckily, you can ease your fears with these easy methods.
Tolkien’s beloved character Bilbo Baggins best explained, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” As we all face a world that seems full of issues, traveling can be an adventure that will become wonderful memories. Anxiety and fear can be a huge issue preventing some from exploring the world. However, there are techniques and methods that can help hopeful travelers overcome their fears.
Identify and Face Your Fear
According to surveys done across the globe, aerophobia, the fear of flying, affects nearly 6.5% of the world’s population. Getting on a plane is just one hurdle from some. Perhaps crowded venues or open spaces called agoraphobia is what prevents you from traveling. Whatever your apprehension is, the first step is identifying what your fear is. From there, you can employ different tactics to face your fears and eventually overcome them.
Know When You Need Help
Of course, your doctor or medical professional will be your best source of help. Even if it is just a mild anxiety, it’s worth addressing. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and you’ll be making a great decision in utilizing the many resources available.
Contradict Thoughts With the Truth
There are thousands of studies that explore thoughts and fears. Perhaps those fears stem from a thought pattern of negativity or self-doubt. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Aaron Beck began cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as CBT. Basically, he began instructing his patients to contradicted their negative thoughts. The therapy roots itself in the belief that the thoughts in your head are not necessarily indicative of anything true or hidden inside of you. Patients challenged fears of “No one likes me” with the truth of their lives by recognizing that they have a strong social circle or fears of failure by listing and respecting accomplishments. So, next time your fears lead you down a path of doubt, try contradicting them with the truth of yourself.
Some studies suggest most of our thoughts are fleeting. We can choose to ignore thoughts or fears. Thanks to a therapist named Miranda Morris, another option to deal with anxiety and scary thoughts is to ignore them. It sounds easy, but the technique can actually take some practice. To goal isn’t to “get rid of negative thoughts” but to change your relationship with them. Essentially, it’s a form of meditation that allows you refocus instead of letting your thoughts become your primary focus. You allow yourself to “watch” your thoughts by focusing on the issue for a moment, meditating (for example, listening to a quiet sound in the room like a ticking clock), and then push it aside without engaging the fear so you can focus on the good, helpful thoughts.
Another method of dealing with anxiety and fears is to refocus your fears a positive outcome. Instead of fearing and over-thinking your flight as a bumpy and scary event, visualize it as something positive. Perhaps envisioning yourself making a new friend during the flight, getting a free upgrade, bumping into your favorite celebrity, or having a peaceful slumber will change your mindset of doom and gloom. Make sure your visualization is detailed. What does your new friend look like? What does the celebrity say to you? What can you see, smell, hear? Give yourself positive details to focus on.
Of course, these are just a few techniques and methods to deal with anxiety. You should always check with your doctor when it comes to your health and well being. Do you have a method, tip, or trick you like to use to deal with your anxiety? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.