Tips for Travelling with Anxiety

Posted on June 3, 2019 by Dr. Claudia Pastides
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Are you anxious about travelling soon? You are not alone. Unfamiliar places, situations and people can easily bring on feelings of anxiety and even panic attacks. If you don’t manage your symptoms carefully, they could hinder your enjoyment.

Here are a few tips to help you manage anxiety on your holiday:

Planning

  • If you are concerned about travelling with an anxiety disorder, consult your doctor who may give you useful advice and medication to help relieve your symptoms if they worsen while you are away.
  • Plan out your trip carefully. As you’ll be well aware, unexpected situations are not good for panic disorders and can increase stress levels, so being prepared for the unexpected is key.
  • Manage your travel expectations and do what you can to reduce the triggers that could bring on anxiety attacks. The important thing is to have a plan of action, ready to help you in the event of delays, changes of plan or even cancellations.
  • If you are on medication, bring enough to last you the entire holiday, plus extra to cover any delays. Remember to carry medication with you in your hand luggage if you are flying plus bring a list of their names and dosages, just in case you need replacements while you are away. Staysure’s Comprehensive policies include Personal Assistance Services which help with finding and replacing any lost or stolen prescription medication. They may even arrange for it to be delivered to where you are staying.
  • Get the right travel insurance for anxiety. A good policy will pay for new flights home for you and your travel companion if you miss your flight due to hospitalisation. It will also cover the cost of any extra accommodation necessary as a result of your medical emergency.

Travelling

  • If you have a panic attack, try to ride out the symptoms and allow them to run their course. They might heighten for a minute or two and then will often taper off gradually. Take a companion with you to help if you are worried or need calming down during your trip. Just having a friend or partner with you may make you feel more secure while travelling.
  • Deep breathing, meditation, visualisation, soft music and other relaxation techniques can help, not only in your daily life, but on holiday as well.
  • Bring good reading material, a film, puzzles, music, snacks or anything else to keep your mind off potentially stressful travel situations.

 

Please note: The materials in this post are in no way intended to replace the professional medical care, advice, diagnosis or treatment of a doctor. The article does not have answers to all problems. Answers to specific problems may not apply to everyone. If you notice medical symptoms or have questions on the topics raised in this article, please consult your doctor.

Tips for travelling with anxiety

Dr. Claudia Pastides

by Dr. Claudia Pastides

Dr Claudia (Carmaciu) Pastides works as a GP in Marylebone. She graduated from University College of London Medical School in 2009 and is a London trained General Practitioner with a special interest in health promotion and health writing. Website – www.DrMummykins.com