DEALING WITH TRAVEL ANXIETY
This past few days my family rented a beach house about an hour away from our house. Now for most, this short distance hardly even seems like a bit of a travel. But my anxiety made it feel like we were driving for 3 or 4 hours. Which thinking about is so dumb, I mean, we came here for a staycation last year! But I made it because I used different tools I’ve learned in therapy.
About 15 minutes into the drive was when I started having those thoughts of “how far is the hospital from where we are staying?” or “what if I have a massive panic attack and I’m so far from home and my bed!?” which is my safe spot. Normally I would start thinking like this and either break down into tears and start hyperventilating or I would just talk myself out of going and turn around and go home. But, Gavin was riding with me and letting him down feels 1 million times worse than my panic attacks. So, to help combat these feelings I did a few things:
Using these tools helped me get to the beach without having a major breakdown and I'm sure they will help you too!