I have a lot of irrational fears, one of which is flying. Even though I know planes are way safer than cars (or even walking!) I still get white knuckles on every flight. I know I’m not the only one with flight anxiety. So I’m hoping this post will help some of you deal with YOUR flight anxiety.
Arrive at the Airport Early
Reduce any additional anxiety by getting to the airport early. If I’m rushing to my gate, then I’m already anxious before I’m even on the plane! Get to the aiport with plenty of time so you’ll have time to sit and relax before boarding.
Feeling prepared is something that calms me down. When I board the plane, the first thing I do is locate the emergency exit doors. When I sit down, I touch the life jacket under my seat. I remove my headphones for every single announcement.
Knowledge is power. Learning a little about the physics of flying, and knowing what turbulence really is helps a lot with anxiety. This video has been trending recently which has helped calm the nerves of millions of travelers using an analogy involving Jell-O.
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If you Have a Choice—Avoid Smaller Planes
Anyone with flight anxiety can agree that turbulence makes our hearts drop. Well, smaller planes make turbulence feel so much more extreme. If you have the option, choose a larger plane, and avoid the additional turbulence.
Sit Near the Front or Near the Wings
You will feel much less turbulence if you sit near the wings of the plane, or closer to the front. The wings are meant to balance the plane—they are the center of gravity—so the turbulence has less of an impact.
Have a Good Playlist
I got a new phone a few days before my last trip, and totally forgot that I didn’t have any music saved to it yet! I didn’t realize it until I was in my seat, and at that point it was too late. And I never realized how much music calmed me down during take off until I didn’t have it. As soon as we landed, I downloaded all my favorite playlists on Spotify. While some people prefer classical music or something calming, I prefer upbeat, happy music. I will post my flying playlist here! It’s nearly impossible to be anxious listening to this playlist. Just make sure if you’re listening to Spotify, to download the playlist before you board.
As cliché as it sounds, it’s a cliché for a reason. It works! When I feel myself start to get worked up (usually during take-off), I start taking deep breaths. In through my nose, out through my mouth. But, I always am aware of the people around me. I don’t want to freak anyone else out, so I try to stay tactful and discreet even if I’m panicking a little on the inside.
Close the Shades
I don’t know about you, but it especially freaks me out when the plane is tilting and all the sudden I’m very aware that the plane is almost sideways. Not only does it make me anxious, it makes me a bit motion sick. Closing the shades helps me forget that I’m 39,000 feet in the air.
Visualize the Plane Landing
Whenever there is turbulence, I close my eyes, and I picture that we’re inches off the ground, and the plane is just straightening out to land. This is much easier to do when the shades are closed! It’s easier to think about a shakey plane inches off the ground, than a shakey plane thousands of miles off the ground. I’ve never been one for “visualization”, but this is one situation that I am an advocate.