Travel Safety and Mental Health
Today, this evening, our Managing Director, Caroline Neil, joined Claire Bull and Charlotte Copeland for the She Travel webinar on ‘Travel safety and mental health: Travel during and post the global pandemic’ webinar.
The aim of the webinar was to explore how the pandemic has changed the travel landscape and perceived travel risks for solo female travellers. We explored how stress and anxiety can have an impact upon decision-making and vulnerability to external threats.
Travel has changed, said Caroline Neil, and we are certainly in weird times. It's a bit like vernturing out into "zombieland, but without the zombies". It is the fear of the unknown, no matter what your experience of travel is. It is much quieter in the airports and depending on where you are travelling, if it's for business you may well find yourself, on your own in the airport late at night as you change planes. 'I found it pretty spooky and felt very vulnerable', said Caroline, 'there was noone around anyhere, it made me reevaluate my personal security and certainly I found it difficult to assess my own personal situation awareness.'
'Building good habits when you are not stressed is a good thing to do before you get streesed. Be kind to yourself', said Charlotte. Proactive measures and reactive measures, Acute verus Chronic Stress - high impact short term versus lower impact longer term were all things that Charlotte covered. We get into a pattern and this reflects on how we feel about travel.
Claire Bull covered what businesses and organisations can do to help their staff build a positive mental health culture in the workplace.
Contact us on [email protected] if you are interested in hearing more about this subject and/or organising a First Aid for Mental Health course.