Founder Jen Gotch on Anxiety and the Power of Mini Vacations Founder Jen Gotch on Anxiety and the Power of Mini Vacations

Women Who Travel - March 11, 2020 - 29:58

At 19, Jen Gotch had a panic attack in the airport, just ahead of boarding a flight back to college. "I, on a cellular level, felt like I was going to die if I got on that airplane," says the founder and author of the soon-to-be-released Upside of Being Down: How Mental Health Struggles Led to My Greatest Successes in Work and Life. Now, years later and hundreds of flights under her belt, that anxiety has shifted, evolved, and—most recently—waned, as she's found strategies to stay calm on the road. (One life-changing tool? TSA PreCheck.) This week, we sat down with Jen to talk through how she continues to tackle her travel anxiety, why vacations (even if they're just on our own couches) are good for our mental health, and why she stopped working on her days off. Find a link to preorder Jen's book, out March 24, and a full transcription of the episode here:

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