Try these tips to reduce anxiety when visiting an amusement park or other public venue.
- Give yourself plenty of time: Don't try to cram everything into a few hours. Leave adequate time for driving and parking.
- Check your travel route: Have a clear idea where the park is located, how to get there and the best routes for avoiding traffic. Arrive relaxed.
- 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 before exhaustion and stress set in.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don't starve yourself: Eat at regular intervals if you're susceptible to low blood sugar. Don't overeat before going on thrill rides.
- Relax and enjoy yourself: Focus on your companions and on having a good time. Feelings of fun often are incompatible with anxiety and stress.