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How travel helps calm my anxiety

A picture of Bali from one of my latest trips.

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  • Anxiety affects people differently and it’s difficult to control
  • I’ve found that travel helps calm my anxiety
  • Travel forces me to face my fears and insecurities and deal with them.

Anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes. For me, it’s an uneasy feeling that creates a sense of worry, urgency and tension, and it’s very difficult to control. I get anxious about getting things done, seeing the world, and keeping up with my peers.

According to the American Psychological Association, people with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns, and they may avoid certain situations out of worry. I can relate. But I’ve found that if I channel it into somethingit helps calm my anxiety.

For me, one of the biggest things that has helped calm my anxiety is travel.

It might be the opposite for some, as I understand that travel is stressful. I cringe at the process of going to the airport, navigating my way through security, lining up 40 minutes before my flight and flying in a plane. But the act of being in a foreign environment and meeting new people surprisingly helps me become a more confident person. And that confidence allows me overcome my fears and fight my anxiety.

Let me explain.

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