A lot of people have a lot of stress related anxiety when It comes to traveling with children, this can be before during or after the actual traveling takes place, so I want to tell everybody, its okay to just sit down for two minuets the planes not leaving just yet, the ferry isn’t going anywhere this exact second and neither it’s the car train, tram, whatever you mode of transportation it can wait a minute for you to collect your emotions and feelings, and I want you know that its okay and if you are worried about time going and speak to a member of staff a lot of the time they’re really understanding and helpful when it comes to stress and anxiety. I have my own tips and trick for managing stress when traveling with my children so I thought I’d share them with you.
- Breath, a lot of the time people forget that when you take a deep breath your release so much pressure which helps your brain to function a lot better, I take roughly 8 – 12 seconds to breathe properly with a deep breath I’m sure you can spear 8 seconds to help your brain realise its okay to relax.
- Be prepared, when I know I’m traveling for more than 2 hours I make sure I have loads of different things to entertain my children. This in turns helps me stay calm before going anywhere, I also make sure we have spare clothes puke bags, wet flannels, baby wipes, and an empty carrier bags.
- Set up a long play list on your phone of your favourite music, I normally go for about 5 hours of music on my phone or just completely fill up a memory card with music, I put my ear phones in and have a nap.
- My biggest fear is loosing my children in an airport or abroad, I’m petrified, so I always plan the best a safest ways to get around it, this means reins for my toddler a wrist strap for my four year old, I write my phone number on the back of their hands, and connect a Bluetooth tracker to their backpacks or shoes people may think I’m over reacting but they wont be if my children actually did go missing. Knowing im prepared for the worse makes me so relaxed.
- I practice mediation, sometimes its hard to sleep with children around you but whilst they’re engrossed in a film on the tab or colouring in or whatever, I meditate its nice its peaceful and relaxing so why not and im not properly asleep even though I’m gaining energy.
- Ask for help, if your in a serious state of panic ask for help, nobody is judging you, I know that’s easy to say from behind a screen but please, even if you think its silly, if your panicking then asking for help is not shameful or wrong in anyway, airport staff are incredible friendly, and a lot are trained to deal with anxiety attacks or panic attacks. And can even help settle children.
- Have some sort of clicker, fidget cube or elastic band on you at all times to fiddle with, keeping your mind occupies can help you move away from panic and calm you down from stressing about things that just take a moment to figure out.
- My biggest ones are affirmations such as “im safe” “im happy” “this is good” “im excited” to trick my mind into enjoying the trip.
- Plan your trip out, it might make you feel better knowing where you want to go and what you want to do, I personally just make a mental note with what I want to do, however planning your trip properly may help you feel organised and help keep stress at bay.
- Make sure your family and friends know everything, where you are, how your feeling, what you’re doing as they might be able to help you even if they aren’t traveling with you, a little text from your aunt or best friend might be all you need to make everything better again, a simple “you’ve got this” from your brother or a “woo I’m so happy for you” from your mum could be just what you need.
So, their you have it a full list of things I do to help my nerves when traveling with children to help with stress and anxiety. When your calm and stress free your children will follow.