Traveling will change when you suffer from PTSD – what’s it like?

Are you a travel lover? You recently suffered a traumatic event that gave you PTSD? You will encounter some trouble next time you go in a trip. PTSD is all about triggers and flashbacks. Elements around you can trigger very unpleasant reactions and you need to know how to cope with these when they occur. Since PTSD can be cured if you put in enough effort and motivation, you have nothing to worry about. Until you can fully get rid of PTSD, here are some details about traveling with this mental health disorder:

Don’t travel alone

Traveling alone while suffering from PTSD is not a good idea. You can have a flashback when you are least expecting it and you won’t think rationally during that moment. You need someone trustful who knows what you are going through and will be able to handle the situation and help you relax during that moment. Save your alone trips for later and you won’t regret it.

Relaxation techniques

Teach yourself some relaxation techniques to apply whenever you start feeling tensed. For instance, when a trigger starts bothering you, apply breathing techniques or meditate for a while. Whenever you need to take a break, find a quiet spot and apply your relaxation techniques right on spot. PTSD people need to master such techniques, especially for though moments such as this one.

Take shorter trips

Instead of going for one-day tours around the place you visit, choose shorter ones with breaks between them. This way, you can go back to your hotel and get your daily dose of meditation, insight and silence. In longer trips, you might encounter more than one single trigger and coping with all of them at once can be quite troubling. Talk to a local guide and come up with a traveling plan for your trip. 

The crisis plan

Yet in case something happens while you are away, you must prepare a crisis plan. Having your therapist’s number ready or finding alternative treatments for PTSD to apply while you are away are just two of the options you have. If you feel like you need professional help, don’t hesitate to call your doctor or your support group and ask for advice. It will calm you down and you can enjoy the rest of your trip without further issues.