Thursday, January 12, 2012

Guatemala Trip Update

First, let me say thank you to everyone that sent me well wishes and good vibes for my trip to Guatemala. Overall I am really glad that I went. It was truly a trip of a lifetime that helped strengthen my marriage and my relationship with my kids.

The first three days were unbelievably PERFECT. I had no anxiety whatsoever. I enjoyed everything.
The land there is absolutely gorgeous

and the people are so humble, kind, and hard working.

The food was delicious and I was eating soooo much! I kept marveling at how well everything was going. It was too good to be true. It was awesome! I was actually starting to think I may gain weight on the trip.

We had to do a lot of driving and by a lot I mean aLOT! And the roads are constantly twisting and  turning around the mountainside and I am prone to getting carsick. Everywhere we were going was at least an hour and a half away from our hotel. So by day three I was so grateful that I was feeling so well and happy.

Then came day 4. I don't know if I talked myself into it because of how happy I was, but I woke up with anxiety. I was able to shake it off and still enjoy my day. But everyday after that I woke up with anxiety until I got back home. Also, by day 5 I started getting car sick (which for me is a headache right behind the eyes and feeling nauseous). So out the window went my appetite.

But I decided instead of letting it get the best of me I would just accept that this is my body doing its thing and I would just have to tough it out for a few days. Which I did.

I am glad the first few days were so amazing because I was able to experience what a vacation should be. And looking at the silver lining for the rest of the time- it's good to be reminded that I can do hard things. And that I can still enjoy life WITH anxiety.


snobby brit said...

Aimee, how wonderful that you enjoyed your holiday and even though you had difficulties on the last few days I'll bet it didn't affect your families enjoyment (which is always my worry). Did you take any medication with you or did you do it without?

Ryan Lantzy said...

I have always wanted to go to Guatemala! Seems so relaxing and lovely. I have been following your blog for quite some time now. I really enjoy it. Thanks.

Martin t Lane said...

Hi i moved out to Bulgaria a few years ago and found the change in lifestyle helped cure a lot of my issues

Mike said...

I think being in a relaxing and lovely place may have helped you cope with the anxiety. Glad you were able to enjoy your trip and not let it get the better of you when it hit. I think you are overcoming a hurdle.

S. Raboin said...

I think your attitude toward the anxiety you felt at the end of your trip is commendable. It is definitely true that how you look at things can change how you experience them. I hope it helps others realize that yes, you have anxiety, but that you can still enjoy your life! Thank you!

cami said...

Just ran into your blog randomly when looking for some comfort online. Weird, right? I've suffered with anxiety/panic disorder for many years and have been on a multiple-year calm. It's been amazing. Well.. It's rearing it's ugly head again because my hubby won a trip for us to go to Australia and we're leaving next week. I've been doing my hypochondriac thing for a few weeks and didn't associate it to this trip, but now I'm thinking that I started a cycle that my body was more used to many years ago. Anyway.. It was nice to read about your mantras and how you can enjoy the trip AND have anxiety. Thanks for being out there for those of us seeking comfort.

Help With Panic Attacks said...

Hi Amie, I just came across your blog, and you sound just like myself. I used to deal with anxiety and panic attacks a lot, I recently found something that changed my way of thinking completely and it has definitely improved my mood. Hope you're doing well. Take care.

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AlyssiaMarie said...

Hi Aimee,

I came across your blog last weekend when I was browsing the internet for information about anxiety because mine has really been acting up lately and I was anticipating a two-day trip to the beach with my boyfriend. Reading about your experiences traveling with anxiety made me feel better about taking things one step at a time and accepting how I feel in the moment and dealing with it, rather than worrying about what other people think. Like you, my biggest fear is always that I will ruin a trip/event for someone else, as well as be embarrassed.

I'm glad to hear that many of your trips were positive experiences, at least some of the time, and mine proved that way too. I'm so glad that I went and spent some quality time with my guy, even though I was periodically anxious. We had a very laid back couple of days, which is what I needed, and he never made me feel like I was dragging him down with my anxiety, in fact he seemed especially concerned with how I was feeling and took steps to help me relax (taking a walk, not pressuring me to go out to eat) which was such a relief for me.

Thank you for your supportive words and helpful suggestions about how to deal with anxiety. I will continue to explore your past posts and to follow your new ones.

Unknown said...

Going to other places is one of the things I always dreamed of! I also wanted to experience unique things, as an example I heard about party buses Dallas Texas. Considering the feedbacks I've read I think I will enjoy my vacation if I get one. have you tried getting party buses?

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