Notes from this week’s episode:
What to before you travel
Eat nourishing food and get a lot of rest well the day before travel
Create a “staging area” and pack steadily in advance to avoid last minute worries over personal items, passportsetc.
Layout your travel clothes the night before you leave
Gas up your vehicle
Write out or text pet care and home care instruction for a care giver if applicable
Create a travel check list
Allow Extra Time
rushing increases stress and anxiety
time for parking
time to use the restroom
time for a snack or warm drink
time to practice calm breathing or reading while waiting to board
Bring some dates, crackers or oat biscuits with seeds, something to keep your blood sugar steady. Vata increases when we’re hungry which can increase anxiety.
Warm drinks are best, but watch out for caffeine.
Bring your own calming herbal teas
For example: lemon balm, passion flower, chamomile, or mint or ginger if your stomach is upset when traveling, and ask for some hot water.
Bring Audio Support
Remember to engage the calm point
How to do it: To find the point make a fist with your left hand and look for where your middle finger touches your palm. Now press that point with the thumb of your right hand for about a minute while you take deep steady breaths.
Relax your jaw and let your shoulders drop and relax as you hold the point and keep taking slow deep breaths.
Apply oil to your nose and ears to calm vata and prevent dryness.
Make an Anxiety Slayer care kit
comfortable earphones, or earplugs – many anxiety sufferers are highly sensitive to noise, earphones can help you block out some external sound and choose what you want to hear