I don’t think I’ve talked about it much on here yet but I unfortunately suffer from anxiety and have since childhood. Over the years I’ve gotten a pretty good hold over my everyday anxiety however, I still struggle a lot and I plan on doing a lot of posts in the future about how I cope. For today I wanted to focus on travel anxiety.
The world is so vast with so many things to see and so many people to meet. I knew it would be such a shame if my anxiety stopped me from travelling because it’s something I’m really passionate about. I am fortunate enough that I don’t have a fear of flying so airplanes are not the issue for me. However, the thought and feeling of being in a new place FREAKS me out.
I have always been an adventure seeker and once I went away to college I made it a goal to travel at least once a year. Since then, I’ve made traveling a priority and had some amazing experiences. No matter what I do or how much I prepare I always have some type of anxiety especially on the first day of a trip. I recently came back from my first European trip which was a huge step in the right direction for me and I experienced some pretty bad anxiety while I was there. I thought I would compile what I’ve learned over the years so that if any of you are suffering this can maybe help. Please keep in mind that there are varying degrees of anxiety and this is just what worked for me. I understand there are people out there who fear flying or people who can’t even take long car trips. No matter what your level of anxiety is, I hope that this helps you in some way.
Be prepared. Do errands ahead of time so that you’re not rushing the day before you leave. Start a week before and figure out what you need. This leaves time to pick up anything you may remember to bring as the week progresses. I usually start packing two days beforehand so I would definitely recommend not leaving that until the last minute either. Set reminders to print boarding passes or check in and charge your phone the night before.
Make lists and stay organized. Mentally walk yourself through the days you’ll be away and figure out what you’ll be using. I like to make a list with good, old-fashioned pen and paper. I separate my packing list into toiletries, hair products, makeup, electronics, miscellaneous,etc. I also write out a general idea of what I’ll be wearing each day. I check the items off of my list AFTER they go in my suitcase and never before, to ensure that it’s really in my suitcase. I also bring the list with me so I can go over it before I go back home so that I know I haven’t left anything behind.
Bring medicine if you need it. I’m not huge on taking anxiety medicines but sometimes it can be a helpful tool in getting you to calm down. There is a time and a place for taking these kinds of pills and I only take them if I’m having a serious meltdown. Your doctor can help you to better figure out what is right for you. You should also consider bringing ibuprofen and other meds in case you get sick. This is one mistake I made and I really regretted not bringing the medicine I needed.
Find internet and contact family/friends. Once you get to a spot with Wifi, Facetime or message someone you love and trust. Knowing that they’re at home waiting for you will give you a sense of comfort. They can remind you home will still be there when you get back.
Watch anti-anxiety videos or read articles on how to stop it. In Spain, at night, I would watch anti-anxiety, meditation videos. These helped me tremendously and allowed me to relax and calm my mind.
Keep your routines as similar as you can. If you have a nighttime and morning routine try to follow it. This will help you to create a sense of home and give you some familiarity.
Lastly, take deep breathes and now that it will pass 🙂
I wish you all a lifetime of worry free travels! Please comment down below and let me know if you have any tips or tricks on stopping travel anxiety.
I hope your week has been a good one. We got quite a bit of snow here last weekend and I decided to use my time stuck inside to revamp my vision board. I made mine last year but over time my opinions, passions and desires have changed so I decided to take some things off and add some new inspiration. I wanted to share how I created mine so that you guys could see how easy and helpful it is when it comes to figuring out what you really want out of life. I usually make mine with the next 2-3 years in mind. It’s basically a way to take the goals and aspirations in your head and put them on a physical board so that you’re able to consciously or subconsciously make them a reality. So let’s get started:
1.) Browse Pinterest for ideas. Look through boards you already have and pick out images that inspire you. What do you want out of your life over the next few years? It doesn’t need to be material either. Images that provoke certain emotions are also always added to my board. For mine, I created a secret board and pinned everything there that I wanted to print out.
2.) Search through magazines or old books and find any images you couldn’t find on Pinterest or any other images that inspire you.
3.) Buy some type of board. Mine is plain poster board from the dollar store but you can also use cork board or whatever you like. You should also pick up glue, tape and scissors if you don’t have those already.
4.) Print your Pinterest pictures, cut out your magazine images and enjoy yourself. Turn on music, light your candles, sit on the floor, whatever it is you need to do to make this enjoyable.
5.) Start assembling your board. It doesn’t need to be neat or perfect. Just arrange the images so that they fit. I have a lot on my board but having just a couple of images is fine too. There’s no rules here.
6.) Display it somewhere you’ll see it. Mine is pretty large so I prop it up against a wall in my room on the floor. Some days I look at it, some days I don’t but either way it’s there to remind me.
I hope you all enjoyed this post and I wish you the best in 2017. Let me know down below if you decide to create a vision board of your own.
I hope you’re all enjoying 2017 so far. I just got back from an amazing trip to Madrid to visit one of my best friends who is currently living there. Although it was an amazing trip we had some nightmarish airport experiences, and I was sick for the majority of it. I am definitely so happy to be home and although I am definitely not looking forward to returning back to work on Monday after a two week hiatus, I am so thankful to be feeling healthy and motivated again.
I’ve been in a bit of a rut the last two months and I’m finally feeling like myself again. I swear, working in a dark building is affecting my mood! Having a two week break where I actually saw sunlight was good for my soul. With this new found motivation I’ve come up with three solid resolutions for 2017. I have such a good feeling about this year!
Stop giving an F: Yes, this really is my resolution. I am that person who cares wayyy too much. I care way too much about what people think and say about me. I easily feel insecure around people I’m not entirely comfortable with, and I hesitate sharing my true opinions on things. I let people get away with saying rude things without consequences and I don’t stick up for myself nearly enough. I feel guilty for things I shouldn’t and I allow people to make me feel bad for things when in reality I did nothing wrong. This year I will care less about all of these things and instead focus on things that really matter like getting involved in volunteer work and becoming the most authentic version of myself. I will no longer hide the person that I am to please others and I will respect myself enough to stand up for myself and for what I believe in.
Get my finances in order: My 23rd birthday is in less than two months and I’ve been out of college for 7 months. I think it’s finally time for me to get my life together in the money department. This is an area of my life I have always struggled with and I want to focus on educating myself on how to properly use money to make more money. I also have debt I would like to pay off in this lifetime from school. Today I sat down and made a budget which is a first step I’m very proud of! My next steps will be to open up a retirement fund, create a savings account (I don’t have one; I KNOW I KNOW, so bad) and to start educating myself on building wealth. I’ve been using my Mint app again to create budgets and track my bills. I would highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.
Work on my own projects: I am incredibly grateful for my job and the opportunities that have come my way because of it. However, in my heart I know that I am going to end up doing something creatively driven and I know I want to be my own boss. My dream is to have an amazing home office with exposed brick and a dog at my feet. I want big windows that let in sunlight and a job I feel passionate about. This year I want to focus on this blog as a creative outlet as well as other projects which will one day allow me to make money from home, on my own terms. I recently had a really disappointing conversation at work about a promotion that I was made to feel like I was getting and it further spurred my desire to work for myself.
I love the feeling of a new year and a fresh start. I hope you enjoyed hearing some of my resolutions and I hope you’ll leave yours down below. I would love to hear them! Have an amazing weekend. XO