Guest post by Annabel McQuillan
Many people experience travel anxiety while at the airport and on airplanes, but steps can be taken to reduce anxiety for a more pleasurable trip. Being prepared and knowing the best coping strategies to prevent and handle an anxiety attack are the best ways to manage travel anxiety. We’ve made it easy for you and came up with a list of the best methods to deal with travel anxiety.
Quick Fix From the Doc
If you are prone to travel anxiety, see your doctor before your trip. Your doctor can prescribe anti-anxiety medication to help stop or reduce the symptoms of anxiety. A doctor can also advise you of breathing techniques to use that will help slow down your heart rate. One of the most effective breathing techniques is to breathe deep while counting to 10 and exhaling on the count of 10. Just knowing that you have medication and can use breathing techniques can help reduce the fear of travel anxiety.
Set the Clock Ahead
In addition; be well prepared for the trip. It is recommended that travelers arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for international flights. You may want to consider giving yourself more time. With extra time for checking in at the gate, you won’t feel any pressure about being late for your flight. It will also give you extra time to grab a bite to eat or pick up a good book at one of the airport stores. Keep in mind that indulging in a good read on the airplane is an excellent way to keep your mind off of the fact that you are on an airplane.
Aisle Seat vs Window Seat
If you are claustrophobic, pick your airplane seat wisely. Some travelers who are claustrophobic feel more at ease with a window seat. With the focal point of the sky, some travelers are distracted from their symptoms. Others who are claustrophobic feel more at ease in an exit aisle seat. Exit aisle seats provide more room, and it is easier to get up and move around the airplane. If you do experience claustrophobic symptoms on the plane, get up and walk. You can always visit the rest room and splash some water on your face.
Busy, Busy and More Busy
Whether you are experiencing travel anxiety or are claustrophobic, keeping busy on the plane will help reduce symptoms. Make sure to bring a good book, DVD or MP3 player for some music. Whatever entertainment you choose, try to remain focused on the task. Focusing on the task will take your mind off of the symptoms that you are experiencing.
If you’re still experiencing symptoms, consider talking to a flight attendant or another passenger. Many times, just having someone else to share your fears with can help you feel better. They can help talk you down from your panicked feelings and give you reassurance that you will be okay.
About The Author: Annabel McQuillan is an avid traveler who isn’t afraid of traveling on her own. She is a freelance blogger for a site that reviews trip insurance, and never travels without her beloved Kindle and iPad.