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Travelling with Anxiety

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While I love to travel, it creates a lot of anxiety for me. Spending long hours confined inside a metal flying device does not suit me well. My breathing and heart beats get out of sync, my body temperature goes like Katy Perry’s song between “Hot and Cold” and my stomach gets out of control. You have to worry about having a medical emergency while being 50,000 up in the air; deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (http://www.webmd.com/dvt/deep-vein-thrombosis-dvt-symptoms-diagnosis), catching some weird disease, turbulence, a crash and so many others. Yes, I love when I finally land and can do all of the fun things, but being on a plane for long hours feels like an agony.

So, how do I manage to travel for long hours? Intoxication? Drugs? Combination? Other?

Let’s examine:

Intoxication

I don’t drink so, unfortunately, it has never been a viable option for me

Drugs

My doctor has prescribed me Xanax, which I hardly used, but it is nice to know I have them available if I have a panic attack. I use Xanax as my very last resource. My doctor also suggested taking 325 mg of baby aspirin 30 minutes before long flights to help with the DVT, which I do.

Other

Hydration

Staying hydrated throughout your long flights helps with DVT and also with helping your immune system fight the germs. I normally drink 3-4 liters of water on a 7-8 hours plane ride, which keeps me going to the bathroom, which keeps me active and moving and helps minimizing DVT.

Research

Doing research about your final destination helps me concentrate on the positive things I will be able to do when we finally land. Having a few movies downloaded on your device and some good songs and music videos will help time go a little faster, or at least more enjoyable. Staying busy helps me keep the negative thoughts away.

  • I also carry plenty of gossip magazines and a good book for my reading pleasure.
  • I actually do some calves exercises on the plane and also do a lot of stretching exercises.
  • I bring my own snacks in case the plane food is not appetizing enough for me.
  • I always bring anti-diarrhea medicines, cold medicines, pain/fever medicines and any prescription medications on my carry-on bag.
  • I carry a moisturizer cream with me and apply it every couple of hours to my face to help my skin stay hydrated. I also carry a mouthwash bottle (TSA approved size) so I can have some minty fresh breath when we land.

Anxiety is a reality and it can ruin your vacation plans. Being prepared and close the doors to all of the fears you have are key for managing it successfully. Carrying extra medical coverage while abroad can also give you some extra piece of mind.

Comments

  1. I love to travel but that tight seating drives me crazy and God forbid I hear someone coughing or sneezing… I go nuts thinking how I’m going to get sick..
    I like your travel blog.. It’s always different seeing places through someone else’s eyes… Safe travels my friend

    1. I hear you about the seats. Try to get an exit seat next time which gives you more room. To help your immune system, take vitamin C at least a week before traveling every day, put the air vent right directly above your head so it can blow germs away from your face, bring sanitizing wipes to clean your seat and food table before you use them and drink plenty of water. That should help. 😉

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