The plane has a mark on it, it’s gonna crash! This was me for years. I had a million reasons for why the plane I was about to board would crash. I had traveling anxiety and constant stress for years and even though I was stuck in a constant cycle of ‘what if,’ I still went on with my trips on planes.
But That’s No Way To Travel And See The World
One thing was extremely clear though after dozens of fear filled trips on board planes. None of the planes I ever boarded actually crashed! Sure there were some turbulence, but that’s normal apparently. All the made up stories in my head never actually manifested, and this I needed to accept right away.
So things got better after that simple realization. Was it a life-changing observation? Yes! And boy did it get the ball rolling for me in the direction of freedom over traveling anxiety. Here are the 5 tips you need to understand and apply starting today if you want to end traveling anxiety:
- Get The Aisle Seat – This was a great start for me because I hated the window. It started growing my confidence over traveling anxiety, and kept my sight on other people rather than the sky-high view.
- Focus On What You’ll Do/See At The Destination – Taking yourself out of the present moment in this situation is ok. Putting your attention on the future will lessen your traveling anxiety. What sights will you see, what work will you get done, who will you meet, where will you eat that night etc.
- Bring Along Work Or Entertainment For The Duration Of The Trip – I personally don’t think this is running from your fears and anxiety. This one is more about turning your focus from what could happen, to what you can learn, and enjoy during your trip.
- Pretend You’re On A Rollercoaster During Turbulence – Turn fear into fun, yes you can. You’ve trained yourself to fear, to experience traveling anxiety constantly. Now it’s time to gain a new perspective. An enjoyable one.
- Set Up Your Stopwatch For Success – I still to this day do this anytime I feel nervous or anxious about a flight. Every timer goes off 15 minutes at a time, I usually set the intervals for as long as the flight is. When the stopwatch goes off it comes with a description (something like ‘great job!’ Or a message such as deep breaths).
Start applying these tips for traveling anxiety starting today. See which one works best and stick to it. The goal is to take you out of the traveling anxiety cycle, and turn your focus elsewhere. I believe in you, now it’s your time to believe in yourself. Happy travels!
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