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Managing The Stresses Of Visiting A New Place

Mar 13, 2008
It can be a little stressful to visit a new place for the first time. Not knowing what to expect can cause some anxiety. As a result, here are some suggestions on how to manage the anxiety of visiting a new place.

First, talk to your friends who have been there. You are visiting a city for the first time. Ask your friends what the people are like, the traffic, the weather, and what kinds of places to visit. Your friends can give you valuable insights on what to expect.

Go to the website or read some visitor brochures on the place you are going. The information in the website and brochures contains tons of information for new visitors. They have hotel information, places to eat, sporting events, and so forth. Read this stuff before you start your travels.

Plan ahead. Make sure you have your hotel reservations, packed enough clothes, have enough gas for the car, and other critical things you will need on your trip. Having the proper things will help prevent additional problems from coming up.

Prepare for any emergencies. If something would happen out of the blue, you want to make sure you are prepared. Having certain phone numbers, a cell phone, first aid kit, and other things will help you in these situations.

Go with other people on your trip if you do not want to go alone. You can go with a friend or some group. They can help reduce some of the anxiety. There are many vacation package discounts for bus tours and for other groups. Sign up and you will be able to travel with other people if your friends or family can not go.

Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or read something that will give them a fresh perspective on things.

Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated, open up your small notebook and read those statements.

Visiting a new place for the first time can be stressful, but there are ways in dealing with it. Follow these suggestions and you will increase your changes of having a stress-free vacation.
About the Author
Stan Popovich is the author of, A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear, an easy to read book that presents a overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com
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