Are you a nervous flier? Here are tips for dealing.
October 10, 2017 by roadwarriorette
Does the idea of hurtling through the air at 500mph in a metal tube with 200 other people make you shudder with fear and anxiety? You’re not alone! There are plenty of frequent-fliers who actually hate flying. Luckily there are ways to deal with it.
Listen to music. Putting on headphones and playing my favorite songs whisks me away from the outside world. If I’m unhappy, nervous, or just need to focus, my playlist makes me feel like I’m on my own private island. Even when surrounded by 150 fellow passengers!
Practice meditation/affirmations. Pick an affirmation before you go and practice it. “I’m safe, and we are going to have a wonderful flight.” Repeat it to yourself before your trip, as you’re boarding, and especially once you’re seated. Close your eyes, practice taking deep breaths, and tell yourself everything will be fine.
Choose an aisle seat. For many people with flying anxiety, being next to the window exacerbates their concern. They feel trapped, they feel forced to look down at the ground, they can see how fast they’re moving, etc. Sitting in an aisle gives the illusion of more room, and keeps you away from the potentially scary view.
Focus on comfort. Make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Wear your softest clothes, bring a scarf for warmth, an eye mask, and a pillow if needed. Bring your favorite treat, whether it’s dark chocolate or a special tea blend. Anything to make you feel safe and comforted.
Distract yourself. Think of flying as a time to do something fun. Wait, what? you say. Flying isn’t fun! Being super close to a bunch of people isn’t fun! While it’s true that there are several non-fun aspects to flying, I like to use my travel time to do stuff I don’t have time for at home—watch fun movies, read a new book, knit, or sleep. Obviously if I have work to do that comes first, but for some reason I am extremely productive on planes and get way more done than I do at home. (I’m flying now while I type this!)
Look at the stats. If you’re the type of person who appreciates statistics, have a look at some recent safety stats for flying. It’s safer than driving! Plus you get to work/watch movies/sleep while you’re in transit.