Monday, 31 October 2016

Travelling With Anxiety...

I absolutely love going away. We haven't been in the position to yet go abroad together but we always try to get a few weekends a year where we take a few days to go somewhere we love or somewhere new and I suppose we have been quite lucky to be able do that for a few years now. 
As much as I love going away though, a few weeks, if not a month or so before I start to get anxious about it and sometimes my anxiety can then start to override my excitement about going away. It's not like we go that far, we've been to Manchester a few years in a row now in November and we've also been to London twice, both place we're going back to this November so it's not like we're getting on a plane but I still start to panic about what might happen while we're away.  

As I mentioned in my Social Anxiety post I have to plan properly even if we're just going to the cinema and have to be prepared so I'm a nightmare when it comes to travelling. Until the hotel is booked I'll be worrying about the prices and the same goes for booking train tickets. There are so many things that go round in my head which to other people probably sounds mad but for me this is normal, and I'm sure there are a lot of other people who get quite obsessive over things like this or get anxious about planning. When we go to London in November, we're going to see Wicked and we booked that months and months ago, I knew that we could probably still get good tickets closer to the time and you can even get them last minute when your walking around London but for me it all had to be sorted in advance because I was anxious about missing out and then not being able to go. 

Once everything is booked, that's one thing of my mind but then I have to think about packing and making sure we don't forget anything. I like to write a list well in advance of things I think we'll need and over time I can start to pack and re assess if we have everything. I'm not one of those people that can pack a few days before, or even on the day. As we're going to see a show so I'm already starting to feel anxious about forgetting the tickets or I worry we'll get there and they'll be something else we need which we don't have. 

After booking and packing, then it's actually getting there! Again as I said in my Social Anxiety post I hate to be late and when there is a train to get, I take no chances! I know I drive George mad with it because we definitely don't need to be there as early as we are sometimes, he sort of makes me think sensibly about it and we find a compromise so that we're not there too early but we're also not leaving it too late so that we have to rush. I like to have time to get our tickets, get anything we need from any shops and get to the platform in time. Though after that I always worry someone will get our seat on the train! 

Once we're there I'm normally okay, I do like to have a rough plan of what we'll be doing and places we want to go but I'm trying to be a bit more relaxed about it all now. I do get quite anxious about something happening while we're away but I know I'm being completely irrational.

It's so difficult sometimes, as much as I look forward to getting away there's always something in the back of mind telling me something will go wrong. Do you get anxious about travelling? How do you cope with it? 

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Unknown said...

I so so relate to you. I get really excited until the time is coming closer to actually going and then I feel anxious about it.. I think you have got it right with the planning, the lists and leaving at a good time so youre not rushing etc! Great post :) X

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

I hope you enjoy your time in London! I get anxious about being late for trains and something I hate in London is the escalators in the Underground.

Emma said...

That must really suck... :( I hope you enjoy your trip to London anyway x


Tiffany Timms said...

Thank you :) I try to prepare as much as I can so hopefully on the day I won't be panicking and anxious! xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Thank you! Me too, the escalators always make me anxious! Everyone's rushing through so fast so that always worries me! x

Tiffany Timms said...

Thank You, I'm sure I'll still enjoy it! x

Stacey said...

I get anxious when travelling too, especially when going on trains and changing between stations. I always find that music when travelling calms me down and I have to have everything prepared before I go, but that's not always a bad thing! It is nice to have spontenuity but if planning and knowing what's going to happen comforts you then there's nothing wrong with that! We all deal with things in different ways and I can completely sympathise with you because anxiety when travelling is the worst!
Enjoy wicked though, it's such a great show!
Take care x

Tiffany Timms said...

Music always helps me too, I can just zone out then and take my mind off it all! There's nothing wrong with planning and being prepared aswell, anything to make the trip a bit easier!

Thank you, I can't wait to see it :)

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