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Dealing with Travel Anxiety

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Resfeber {RAs-fA-ber}-“The restless race of the traveler’s heart before the journey begins. When anxiety and anticipation are tangled together; a ‘travel fever’ that can manifest as an illness.”

Anxiety, the fun little person that seems to pop up at the worst moments and grips you just a little too tightly.

A lot of people may have general anxiety when it comes to international or long distance travel, but when you’re leaving your home for months or years at a time, it tends to hit hard.

This past Sunday my two lovely dogs decided to find a yellow jacket nest at work. After removing the still alive bees from my mini aussie’s hair and calling my vet to make sure my mastiff’s face would be fine with Benadryl, I started thinking about how someone was going to handle them while I was gone.

I shoved this thought aside, took care of my fur children, and went about my day…until nighttime hit. I started to panic thinking of all the things I might be doing, the mistakes I might be making leaving for so long. Leaving behind a decent job, apartment, my family, and my three animals. Que anxiety attack and not actually falling asleep until 4:30 in the morning.

Fast forward to the next morning. I give myself about 30mins to get on my mat in the morning and do yoga before work. After about zero sleep this was almost impossible to get up, but I knew I would regret the decision if I didn’t.

So here, ladies and gentlemen, is how I personally handle my travel anxiety:

  • Take a moment to physically just breathe.
    • Remind yourself why you are making this amazing journey for yourself and what it has always meant to you.
  • Make a list.
    • Go over everything, whether it’s on a piece of paper or in your head, of what your nervous about or what you feel like you need to get done still. For me, acknowledging what I have left to do narrows down that I really don’t have too much left to worry about.
  • Be prepared in all the ways you think you can.
    • I have 2 backups and 3 sitters for my dogs while I’m gone. I also have 2 other places for my horse to go if for some reason something was to not work out where she’s going. I know all the ways to keep in contact with whomever I need to, where my finances sit and where they need to be 6 months from now, and plans on what to do if I needed to rush back to the U.S.
  • Call someone you love.
    • For me, talking to my sister who’s always realistic but embracing is my best option. If I feel like I’m on a spike of panicking, I literally word vomit everything out to her and she talks it out with me.
  • Look into the people who inspire you.
    • I have so many people I follow on social media that post amazing things that inspire me. Some examples from Instagram for you guys listed–> @Kameronwaters @Hilvees @Alliemichellel @the_southern_yogi @Rob_in_Africa
  • Exercise!
    • Personally yoga is my number one anxiety relief. Something about getting on my mat for 10 mins or more than an hour just makes my brain quiet and physically brings my body into a Zen state. I also like to blare house music and run on my treadmill until I feel like butter.

These are just a few ways that have worked for me so far. I still have moments where my brain tells my body to panic, where it feels like all the weight is on my chest, I slowly can’t breathe, and when everything doesn’t feel like it’s working out. Don’t let this get to you, don’t let your anxiety consume you to a point you stop trying to achieve what you’ve always dreamed of. STOP saying no to things and find all the ways to say YES.

Read more at windhorsewanderlust.wordpress.com, and follow on Twitter (‎@WindhorseWander) and Instagram (@windhorse_wanderlust). 

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