Anxiety & Travelling
I did a post last month on eBay and Anxiety, after I started selling a few things on there myself and realised it triggered my anxiety quite badly.
I think this post actually got featured on Bloglovin as I woke up one morning with 40 odd views on that post- all referred from Bloglovin! This was absolutely amazing and by the end of the day I had over 90 views on this one post, weeks after I originally released it!
This got me thinking about other things that can trigger anxiety and I came up with a huge list (thanks in part to the lovely folk on twitter too!), so I’ve decided to start a mini series on this subject. Each week i’ll cover a different situation and give tips and advice for how to minimise anxiety in that situation.
This week I’m going to talk about anxiety while traveling. This is something i’ve struggled with myself for many years and, while I’m much better at it now that I was a few years ago, its taken a long time (and a lot of panic attacks) to reach this point.
So I want to share a few of the tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years:
- Check your travel times and where you need to get off. If you are travelling by train I would definitely recommend downloading TheTrainLine app, its been a life saver for me! Plus you can now buy eTickets through them on selected lines (yay to them finally adding mine on there) which means you can buy your ticket in advance; super helpful if you find it difficult to talk to people or worry about them giving you the wrong ticket. It also tells you every station you’ll pass on your way, so you can tick off which ones you’ve gone past and measure how far you have left to go until your stop.
- Leave early. Where possible give yourself a bit of a breathing space in case there are unforeseen problems- its better to get there early and have to wait than be late!
- Distract yourself. This will be different for each person but take something with you to distract yourself. I have a playlist on Spotify set up specifically for travelling, filled with my favourite songs that I can loose myself in. If I’m going on a long journey I’ll make sure I have my kindle with me too, so I can alternate between reading an listening to music. I know some people like to do work or play games when they travel so just make sure you have whatever you need with you to distract yourself.
- Invest in a portable charger. This leads on from the last point, since most things these days are electronic, portable chargers are a must! I actually don’t know how I coped without one. First world problems and all that. Make sure it is fully charged and you have the necessary wires with you before leaving the house. Oh and headphones, always make sure you have your headphones with you!
- Do some recon. If you have to go somewhere new, try and do a recon run with someone beforehand. I know that this isn’t always possible so I’m going to share a trick I’ve used quite a few times: use Google Maps and Google Street view. First use the map to plan out your route and screenshot it so you have it with you then use the street view to virtually “walk” the route you need to take. Look for buildings or features you will remember along the way to help you remember where you are going and tick off as you pass them. It might help to write them down and make notes if you are going to pass quite a few and don’t think you’ll remember them all.
Do you have any tips or tricks that you find useful while travelling? Also are there any topics you specifically want me to cover? Let me know either in the comments on on social media!
The full Anxiety series: