Anxiety. It’s sort of like an irritating friend that you keep trying to ditch. You know the type. One who follows you around whispering doubts and fears into your ears, sticking to you in the way that old blue tac doesn’t. The only problem is that this ‘friend’ is actually just your own brain, so you can’t really resent it for following you around. And you can’t trick it by pretending you have somewhere else to be… because, well, it’s your brain.
Oh anxiety my friend… What should be a natural bodily response that propels us into constructive action can sometimes morph into an ugly, unproductive feeling far beyond what can be considered ‘helpful’.
Anxiety can make travel seem daunting or impossible. It can convince you to stay within the comfort zone of your cosy hotel room, sort of like a caterpillar inside its cocoon that’s far too scared of flying to transform into a beautiful butterfly (I know…absolutely terrible metaphor….I should just delete it shouldn’t I?)
Sometimes it feels impossible, but there are plenty of small steps you can take to reduce your anxiety while travelling. And they’re much less frightening than the transformation a poor caterpillar has to endure, which involves dissolving all its tissue and digesting itself (I really should have just deleted that sentence. It’s not too late. I still could). It’s time to shed your cocoon (oh seriously? Now it’s too late. I’ve gone with it) and start taking constructive action against anxiety.