It took me a very long time to figure out what anxiety was, and if what i was feeling fit that.
I don’t want this to be a sad post, I want this to be helpful for anyone who may feel the same.
Traveling involves a lot of indirect trust and loss of control; there are a multitude of unknowns. We don’t know if our flight will actually be on time and if it will arrive the time it claims it will. We don’t know how long the airport lines will take, or if you have time to eat before boarding. As I prepare to head to the airport tomorrow, anxiety is subconsciously on my mind. A reoccurring theme for me, personally, is time.
the kinds of questions that are most common when I am anxious
+ what is going to happen if I don’t get there in 5 minutes? will the world end? something explodes?
+ what else could I be doing in that time I’m saving/losing? Is it productive?
+ but what do I gain from rushing around besides saving time?
physical & emotional results of my questions
+ come off as impatient or pissy, but depending on the anxiety it could be distracting/consuming as well
+ faster breathing & rushed heart beat
+ can be paralyzing; only focusing on what is making me anxious
ways that I try to ground myself
+ deep breathing
+ focus on something else (listen to music, watch something, etc.)
+ call/text someone
+ but if that is not possible, then write
+ helps piece thoughts together
+make sense of what is rational vs. irrational
+ self pep talk!
+words, phrases or songs that calm me
+ telling myself to calm down (in a way lightens my feelings and brings humor into it)
question for you:How do you cope with anxiety over things you can’t change?
I leave for the airport TOMORROW! A lot of fresh content is coming your way!!
Today I have officially made a dent in packing for my departure, (only took me a few weeks). Over time I have accumulated things that I originally didn’t realize they were essentials.
1.Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack
I have had my eyes on a new mini backpack for a while, and just recently got this one as a birthday present. I AM SO OBSESSED. I am not much of a purse/handbag user, so I rely more on backpacks to lug my belongings around. This time around, I was more after function over fashion and I’m so happy I was.
For some reason, I am in love with the fact that the zipper is in the front of the big pocket, versus the middle like most backpacks. I feel it opens up the bag more, and structures it making it easier to bring around. This will be perfect for hikes, day trips, shopping, lounging, breathing…the whole bit!
2. Cord Wrap & Portable Charger
I came across this cord wrapper on etsy and am in love with the function and simplicity. Yes, I love cats, but also, this is my first cord wrapping experience and am already so relieved to have one.
I have gone through a couple portable chargers over time but I never dropped the extra few dollars for a good quality one. I did get this as a gift (thanks mom!), so I didn’t have a chance to make up excuses; as in….. I will continue to use ones held together by duck tape.
3. Daily Planners
Yes, I am so extra that this year I feel I need two instead of one. The bigger one I see myself using for more daily tasks: school work, errands, and small lists. I could go on for a bit about how grounded I feel once writing out little things I want to get done each day, even as a reminder. The smaller one is a moleskin, which I got as a present (thanks brother!). What I really appreciate about it, is in the beginning there are pages for international phone codes, and a map with all time zones. To have easy access to information like that, and also with it being visual, could come in handy! My moleskin I use for bigger dates, in-detail travel plans and also longer lists. Another pro, is with each weekly page is a whole empty page for notes.
Let me tell you, I am SO late to the journal game.
I decided not too long ago, to drop the money on a good quality journal that I would enjoy carrying around places. Barnes and Noble had so many fancy ones with the antique feel and FUN LATCHES so I was all for it.
I see this journal full with endless possibilities. I like to jot down stories, blog post ideas or thoughts that are overwhelming my head that day. I am 100% a visual person and again, I am confused why it took me so long to get a journal.
5. An Eye Mask
The trend only continues here: this was a gift (thanks megan!) & I’ve wanted one for a while. This one is so much more high tech than I would have gotten myself. It’s weighted a bit to help stay on my eyes, and block out light. I am excited to try this out especially on planes and see how it helps block out what is going on around me (also could be helpful during a little meditation). aaaaand its super soft!!!!
6. New Luggage Tags
Shout out again to my Mom, who is adorable and got me a set of luggage tags with marine mammals on them. In case you forgot, I am a marine biology major and am always rocking some seal/whale/sea otter merch (YAYYYY THE OCEAN)! These will make it so much easier to spot my luggage coming off the claim and they’re so much fun to look at.
7. Waterproof Phone case
I am an outdoor person; I like hiking, kayaking, being on boats for leisure and also my major. This is something I did not even think about but I know could be vital. I am also a prone klutz, who can be seen chucking their phone across the room without even realizing. This is perfect for that exact mix.
8. Life Straw
Going alongside the waterproof case, it is better to be safe than sorry. A Life Straw instantly turns contaminated water into safe drinking water. Yet again, another birthday gift that will fit my needs abroad perfectly.
9. Packing Cubes
I recently discovered these existed, and will update you on how they are put into use. A big pet peeve of mine is opening my suitcase and NEVER being able to find what I am looking for, or having to go through hell to get there.
They seem really easy to manipulate and squish, so we shall see! Next post will be how these packs are used to organize this mess…..
Stayed tuned as I am leaving in ONE WEEK AHHHHH!!!
I am looking forward to documenting my journey. All of the support so far has been amazing, so thank you.