For many people, a vacation can be a fun way to relax and escape the pressure and responsibility of everyday life. But for some people a vacation causes anxiety because of all the planning, the unknown, and things to handle before leaving.

When you go on a vacation there are seemingly a million things to get done before you leave. You have to make arrangements with work, you have to get someone to look after your house and your pets, you want to make sure you pack everything you need, etc. All of these things can cause stress and lead to anxiety about your vacation.

When you’re on your vacation it can cause anxiety because you are dealing with the unknown. You have to figure out how to get around, where the best place to eat is, what to do, and where to go. You’re in an unfamiliar city surrounded by other tourists just like yourself who are trying to figure it all out too. If you’re the type of person who likes to have everything planned and figured out ahead of time, a vacation can definitely cause anxiety.

To get relief from your anxiety while you’re on vacation there are a couple courses of action you can take. The first one is to simply just try and relax. I know that’s easier said than done but realize that everything will work out and not everything about your vacation has to be perfect. If you can go with the flow and just accept whatever happens you will likely calm down and be able to enjoy your vacation instead of worrying about it.

Try to find some activities that sound relaxing to you like enjoying a nice meal at the restaurant of your choosing or relaxing by the pool if the weather is nice. Vacation should be your time to relax and unwind. However, if you’re finding it difficult to relax and still experiencing symptoms of anxiety while on vacation, you can call a doctor and they can help you to manage the anxiety.