Traveling is a dream and a bucket list item for a majority of people. However, if you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you may feel like traveling is definitely not a possibility for you. But having anxiety should not hinder you from seeing the world and enjoying your trip.
Not only can you overcome your anxiety of traveling, you can overcome your anxiety by traveling. It has been scientifically proven that traveling has numerous positive psychological and physiological benefits. Travel brings you out of your element and comfort zone, which can actually be a good thing for anxious people. Travel is often associated with a vacation, a time away from your usual environments and stressors.
But traveling is more than just getting away. It allows you to be “present” in whatever new thing you are experiencing. Things tend to move fast during a trip, requiring you to make quick decisions – thus, your brain is not allowed to worry, overthink, or keep beating yourself up over your decisions later on.
Don’t permit your anxiety to stop you from traveling. However, don’t neglect your anxiety either. It most likely will rear its ugly head during your travels, so it’s best to be prepared for it. Here are some simple tips on how to avoid and deal with anxiety on the road: