Archive for Saturday, March 31, 2001


March 31, 2001


l Give yourself plenty of time: Don't try to cram everything into a few hours. Leave plenty of time for driving and parking.

l Check your travel route: Have a clear idea where the park is located, how to get there and the best routes for avoiding traffic. The idea is to arrive relaxed.

l Do some research: Is the place family friendly? How large is it? Should you expect long lines?

l Know your biological time clock: Some people function better at specific times of the day. If you're a night owl, perhaps a late afternoon trip might be best. Others prefer mornings. Remember, your outing isn't an endurance trial. Leave well before exhaustion and stress set in.

l Get a map: Look for a logical route to follow through the venue. Pick rides or activities that really interest you. You can always come back to see the rest another time.

l Split into groups, if necessary: Decide in advance if your group will stay together. Youngsters, teens, adults and seniors may have different interests and needs that could provoke conflicts.

l Set ground rules: Arrange a meeting time and place. Group members must know when to stay together.

l Take short breaks: If you feel anxious, sit down, relax and try to calm yourself for 20-30 minutes. Ask someone to sit with you to provide support.

l Don't starve yourself: Eat at regular intervals if you're susceptible to low blood sugar. Don't overeat if you plan to go on thrill rides.

l Avoid caffeine: Caffeinated beverages can elevate an anxiety problem.

l Remember where you are: Assure yourself there's no real physical danger.

l Relax and enjoy yourself: Focus on your companions and on having a good time. Feelings of fun often are incompatible with anxiety and stress.

l Don't fight anxiety if it comes: Tell yourself: "I will have fun. But if I get anxious, that's OK, too. It will pass and I'll still have a good time."

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