“La libertad consiste en vivir el momento”
A little anxiety is good. That boost of adrenaline to cross the finish line. That feeling in the back of your mind that helps you understand what’s dangerous and what’s not. If you’re looking for ways to help combat flying anxiety, then I have some tried and tested tips to help you!
But, what if it’s stopping you from doing something you want to do? What if it’s standing in the way of experiencing travelling?
People are anxious about flying for all kinds of reasons, but unless you intend to never travel and see what is out in the great unknown then you will need to find your own way to settle the anxiety and the stress.
I am very lucky that I have been used to flying all of my life so it has never hindered me. There is always a little uneasiness when the plane starts to experience turbulence but it has never been enough to put me off flying. But, I know for some people that isn’t true for them. Some people would love to get out there and experience the world, but their own fears are holding them back. I’m no expert, but, some of these tips might just help you have a more comfortable flight and help you settle your uneasiness.
Here are 8 tips to help combat flying anxiety.
Safety: For what it’s worth, flying is one of the safest forms of transport around. If you can get in your car and drive, you can do this. If you can jump on a boat, then you can soar the skies.
Stay Busy: You’ve got to find what keeps your mind active. Seen a good book recently? Take it in your hand luggage. Addicted to mobile gaming? Connect to a charging point at the airport and have a portable charger so you can continue to play on the flight. Download a movie to watch on your tablet. Puzzle books also come in handy pocket sizes. Keep yourself occupied.
Relax in Style: Book yourself in a VIP lounge, like the Escape Lounge at East Midlands Airport. The relaxing atmosphere can help settle nerves. The Escape Lounge removes all feeling of an airport, it’s more like sitting in a Swanky London Restaurant so put your mind at ease and enjoy all the best food and drinks whilst you’re at it.
Book your seats: Pre-book your seat (if it’s not included as part of a holiday package) so you are seated next to your companion if you’re not flying alone. Failing that, book yourself to sit near the front. The front of the plane is far less bumpy and turbulent than the back of the plane. If you enjoy the views, book a window seat. If the height is what discomforts you, book the aisle.
Headphones: Invest in some good noise cancelling headphones. The normal noises on a plane can be quite worrying, especially if you don’t understand the sounds. So, eliminate the noise and listen to your favourite e-book or tunes!
Eat Well: Avoid any kind of stimulants that will make your mind work overtime, sorry but this includes alcohol! Instead, stick to water or chamomile tea. Avoid stodgy, heavy meals that will upset your stomach.
Sleep Well: Sleep is just as important. Of course, it’s easier said than done if your mind is working overtime. If you can, get a good night sleep before the flight, afternoon flights give you a better chance of decent sleep. Also, try to sleep on the plane and snooze that flight away. A good travel pillow can help you do that!
Breathe: Try to stay as calm as possible. Breathe deeply and slowly. Try and imagine yourself like a balloon inflating and deflating. Yoga and pilates are good practices for learning how to work on your breathing.
Take a Test Flight
Short Trip: A short flight like one from Birmingham to Edinburgh is a great way to get yourself prepared for getting used to flying. Instead of going full hog and taking a 10-hour flight straight off, a 70-minute flight is much easier and prepares you for the flying process.
There may be no cure. You may always have a tinge of fear of flying and a twinge of anxiety but the trick is to find a way to make it less crippling. Have a few tricks under your sleeve to make the journey a little less stressful and don’t allow it to stop you from experiencing the marvels of the world.
Now, book that flight and enjoy your holiday. You deserve it!