8 ways to deal with airport anxiety

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The capdoihoanhao.vn Journal | Travels Blog and Airport Transport News Travel tips Pre-Travel Anxiety: What It Is And How To Cope


Many people experience pre-travel anxiety before a trip, whether it’s their first trip or their tenth. Whether you’re scared of flying or feel stressed about packing for your trip, there are ways to minimise your anxiety.

Travelling can be (and should be) a wonderful experience, but planning for a trip can leave sầu even the savviest, most experienced travellers with knots in their stomachs và butterflies in their chest. Have sầu you packed everything you need? Will you get to lớn the airport on time? Will everything run smoothly bachồng trang chủ while you’re away? Maybe you have sầu a fear of travelling abroad, or anxiety about travelling alone. The danh sách can sometimes feel endless, and the lead up khổng lồ a trip sometimes becomes stressful, rather than a time of enjoyable anticipation.

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If you’re familiar with feeling anxious rather than excited in the weeks leading up to your trip, you’re not alone. Here are our tips for dealing with pre-travel anxiety and conquering your nerves.

So first things first – what is travel anxiety?

According lớn Calm Clinic, travel anxiety is very a comtháng and complex issue, causing people khổng lồ feel anxious or depressed when preparing for a trip và the subsequent weeks leading it up to it. Some people have sầu an underlying fear of travel, which manifests as anxiety in the lead up to lớn a trip. Some travellers have an open fear of flying that causes găng tay, others are influenced by travel ‘horror’ stories they’ve sầu heard from others, and some people worry about things like packing or missing home page. If you experience general anxiety, that can also increase your chances of experiencing pre-travel anxiety.

It’s also unlikely that there’s one single cause of travel anxiety. By recognising the symptoms of anxiety before a trip; shallow breathing, restlessness, nausea, racing heart, tight chest or excessive sầu fear & worrying, just to lớn name a few, you can acknowledge the pre-travel anxiety and then work towards a solution.

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Meditation can be a fantastic tool for coping with anxiety

Fear of flying is one of the most common travel worries

Many people experience pre-travel anxiety because they have a genuine fear of getting on a plane. In fact, according to lớn Calm Clinic, ‘probably the number one issue with travel anxiety is a fear of flying.’ This is due to lớn a number of factors, ranging anything from lachồng of control to lớn changes in air pressure và turbulence. They can all contribute to extra bức xúc, và as most travel does involve sầu flying, it makes sense that these fears exacerbate your pre-travel anxiety. Just know that you’re not alone!

Tips for coping with pre-travel anxiety1. Identify the source of travel anxiety

By pinpointing exactly what’s causing your anxiety, you’ll be able lớn address the problem & find effective sầu coping methods. Write down a danh sách of everything that you’re feeling stressed about. Is it the fear of flying? Are you scared about travelling abroad on your own? Is it your first trip and you’re worried about getting lost or getting siông chồng abroad?

Once you know the problems, you can tackle them. If you’re worried about your health, talk to lớn a GP or pharmacist before you leave sầu. If you’re travelling on your own, book a group tour for when you arrive (& read capdoihoanhao.vn customer Jill Reynold’s story of the concerns she felt before her first solo trip this year và her follow-up story about how she coped with travelling lớn the UK on her own). If you’re concerned about money, set up a daily budget that you can refer to & see if you’re on track. Clarify the reasons in your head và then evaluate them, which will make it easier khổng lồ eventually conquer them.

2. Look after yourself in the weeks leading up lớn your trip

Even if you don’t normally experience anxiety, practicing a bit of self-care in the lead-up khổng lồ a trip is a great way khổng lồ avoid any anxiety triggers và feel cool, calm & collected before you leave sầu. Make time for exercise; the benefits of exercise for our health, including anxiety & depression, are well-documented – even just an hour of exercise a day can prsự kiện symptoms of depression. So make time lớn stretch your legs và get your heart rate up in the weeks before your trip. Spending time with loved ones, eating healthy food, getting plenty of sleep, drinking water and indulging in activities you enjoy are also good ways to practice self-care.

Mindfulness & meditation are also great ways to lớn khuyễn mãi giảm giá with anxiety, so if you haven’t ever tried meditating, pre-travel is an igiảm giá time to lớn start. Headspace have a great tiện ích that you can tải về and is perfect for beginners. Meditation benefits lớn the nervous system include:

Lower blood pressureImproved blood circulationLower heart rateLess perspirationSlower respiratory rateLess anxietyLower blood cortisol levelsMore feelings of well-beingLess stressDeeper relaxation

A beginner’s approach khổng lồ meditation, inspired by Gaiam, is quite simple with the following technique:

Sit upright or lie comfortably.Cthua thảm your eyes.Make no effort khổng lồ control the breath; simply breathe naturally.Focus all your attention on the breath, without controlling its pace or intensity. Feel how the body toàn thân moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body toàn thân as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, & belly. If your mind wanders, return your focus baông xã lớn your breath.

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3. Research your destination

What are you going lớn bởi while you’re away? Where are you staying? Read up on where you’re going và plan ahead khổng lồ alleviate any destination anxieties. Book your khách sạn, at least the first night, in advance so you know exactly where you’re going when you arrive. Note down emergency service numbers as a precaution and retìm kiếm how to get around. Have sầu a rough guide of what you want lớn bởi vì and read other blogs about that destination for some inspiration. Not only will you likely feel more confident with a rough plan in place, it’s also a great way to lớn get excited about your trip, too.

For more advice on this, solo traveller Marine Dansette gave us plenty of tips about doing research before travelling in our blog All You Need To Know About Going Solo.

4. Bring a pholớn of your destination

Tape it onkhổng lồ your desk at work, mix it as your máy tính background & bring a photo lớn in your carry-on bag with you – anything khổng lồ remind you of why you’re travelling in the first place và that you get khổng lồ explore this fantastic destination!

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By bringing a photo of your holiday destination, you have sầu a visual tool that can help ease pre-travel anxiety

5. Tell flight attendants

Remember that fear of flying is one of the most common phobias, so airline staff are used khổng lồ dealing with these fears. Let flight attendants know that you’re feeling uneasy, and if you’re travelling with friends or family, let them know too. Sometimes knowing that someone is there lớn help can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety. It’s also a good idea khổng lồ familiarise yourself with normal aeroplane noises. Rattling noises may sound alarming, but they’re perfectly normal (like rattling cabin luggage và shaking tray tables). By knowing what they are; you can eliminate any catastrophic ‘what if’ thoughts with the actual facts.

6. Get khổng lồ the airport stress-free

Not having a game plan on how lớn get to lớn the airport is a sure-fire way khổng lồ bít tất tay out. The last thing you want is lớn be waiting for an on-demand service that may or may not be available, or sitting in a xe taxi watching the meter go up và up while you’re stuông chồng in traffic. So find a way to ease your mind beforehand. Pre-booking an airport transfer means you already have sầu peace of mind that your driver will arrive sầu at a time that’s already agreed on, and will take you straight khổng lồ the airport for a prepaid fee. Phew, one less thing to lớn worry about last minute. You can tìm kiếm and compare airport transfers on capdoihoanhao.vn.

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7. Don’t wait until the last minute to lớn pack

Leaving anything to the last minute is a great way lớn feel stressed out, so don’t let the task of packing loom over you – just get it done. That way, if you want khổng lồ add anything or take anything out you’ve sầu got the time, rather than rushing around trying khổng lồ paông xã an hour before you leave sầu for the airport. That dreaded feeling of ‘have I forgotten something’ will ease if you’ve sầu been prepared & packed in advance, & you’re less likely to have actually forgotten something. Sometimes that forgetful feeling is hard to shake though, no matter how prepared you are. Remember, unless you’re travelling somewhere very remote, chances are that if you vày leave sầu anything behind, you can simply buy it while you’re away.

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8. Give yourself a financial safety net

Having a bit of buffer outside of your travel budget is important not only for emergencies, but also for helping you feel safer. If knowing that you can get a cab home page instead of walking, having money lớn book a day tour so you can meet other travellers, or knowing that there’s cash for a doctor in case you get sick helps lớn alleviate any pre-travel anxiety, then phối that money aside. You may not even use it, but knowing that it’s there can help ease anxiety.

9. And finally… accept your anxiety

You can be super prepared for your trip và still feel anxious – and that’s okay! Trying khổng lồ not feel anxious can ironically make anxiety even worse, so don’t fight it, master it. Learning how khổng lồ reduce it from an overwhelming tidal wave sầu khổng lồ a manageable quiet buzz is a huge win in itself, và is testament that despite experiencing pre-travel anxiety, you won’t let it stop you from travelling. Bon voyage!


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