Ways to Chill the Eff Out
I was just in Italy for about 10 days and it was AMAZING. Seriously, I'm so lucky to be able to travel like that. Have you ever been there? The art, food, history, culture, and beauty is overwhelming! This was my first trip to Europe and I am so hooked! I cannot wait to get back!
However, my travel process was a SHIT SHOW. My flights were delayed to and from Italy, which meant I missed my connecting flights TWICE in both directions, which meant I had to sprint through airports multiple times, beg customer service reps to get me on reasonably timed make-up flights, hustle through customs lines, beg people to let me cut in line so I wouldn't miss more flights, extra security screenings, figure out taxis and trains and ferries to hustle all around Northern Italy, navigate a different language, culture, tourists and super hot temperatures. I'm not gonna lie, I cried in public more than once....
Luckily my travel companion is a champion at this stuff, and at being really supportive in stressful situations, and the trip turned out to be quite the adventure of great food and people and wine...so much wine...It was a once in a lifetime sort of thing.
Did I mentioned how lucky I am??
Then I got home late last night and tried to sleep, only to find that I couldn't (which is very frustrating since I hadn't slept in at least 24 hours. Have I mentioned I can't sleep on airplanes?).
My heart was racing, my mind was ruminating, my body kinda felt like it was still in an airplane, my stomach felt off, my back ached...it was no fun.
I forced myself out of bed this morning at a "normal" time, in an attempt to get myself back to normal, and good lord did I feel terrible. I mean like in almost complete overwhelm with a side of a baby panic attack. With terrible thoughts of feeling inadequate, depressed, and in utter despair. I have not felt this shitty in a long long time.
At some point I remembered to take a deep breath and remind myself that this is temporary. That this sort of thing happens when we get off your routine and experience lots of stress. That these thoughts are not my truth. I then gently moved my body, chanted a little, meditated, and had some breakfast. I'm now sitting at my kitchen table, sipping coffee, plugging away at some work and feeling a little better. I'm still a disoriented hot mess, but at least I can breath easily, and am excited to get to work again.
I thought I'd share this with you all, as I have a feeling I'm not the only one who experiences this kind of stuff. Travel and adventure is wonderful, and I plan to continue to pursue it throughout my life. I encourage you to do the same! However, adventure can also be extremely disorienting and ungrounding. It's helpful to know that we're not alone in these experiences and that there are things we can do to support ourselves through it.
So I made you a little infographic with some tips on how to chill the eff out when you're experiencing post travel anxiety...or any post craziness anxiety. I hope it helps.
I'd love to hear what works for you!