Dear Jane, Flying Makes Me Anxious
Now that my family, friends, and I are all vaccinated, we can’t wait to start traveling again and to get out of our quarantine bubble. But even though I’m excited to start exploring again, I’ve never done well with flying and we have an upcoming vacation that will require taking a few flights to and from our desired destinations.
On a day-to-day basis, I don’t usually suffer from anxiety but just the thought of stepping foot onto a plane makes my stomach shake, my palms sweat, and my heartbeats burst out of my chest.
I don’t want to annoy or be a burden to my friends and family by having mini panic attacks every time we’re about to leave the landing strip.
Jane, how can I get over my fear of flying so I can enjoy summer and our newfound freedom?
– xoxo, Fear of Flying
Be sure to have a journal and pen stashed away in your carry-on, so when your mind starts to freak out, you have a healthy distraction and something else to focus on.”
Dear Fear of Flying,
Luckily for me, whenever I travel, I’m the first one to fall asleep and then I wake up fully refreshed once we’ve arrived at our desired destination. So I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be riddled with anxiety when you should be excited that you’re off for some much needed rest and relaxation. But luckily for you, I still know a thing or two about easing anxiety.
So before you start packing for your next trip, try a few of my suggestions below on how to overcome your fear of flying so you can rest, relax, and enjoy a Mai Tai beachside.
Create a Meditation Playlist
When prepping for your vacation, create a dedicated meditation playlist of soothing classical music, meditations for calming the mind, or whatever songs resonant with you. That way, you can pop on your headphones and just bliss out when you feel your anxiety creeping up pre-flight and during the flight. It can also help you to fall asleep easier, so you can dream your anxiety away.
Pro tip: Stock up on the Hello Mellow capsules for an all-natural way to calm your mind and ease your nerves, for a more peaceful pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight experience. Take your first capsule around 30 minutes before your departure and then take more capsules as-needed and as-directed throughout your flight and once you reach your desired destination.
Have a Travel Buddy
I know you said that you don’t want to be a burden or an annoyance to your friends and family, but I promise you that you won’t be. So be honest with your travel companions about your fears so they can be on alert when they notice your anxiety kicking in.
Make sure that you all have a plan in place for when your mind starts to race, your palms start to sweat, and your heart starts to quicken. Perhaps they hold your hand during take-off, they pass you a Hello Mellow capsule, or they repeat calming affirmations with you. Knowing that you’re not alone could ease your fears of flying.
Do Calming In-Flight Activities
Be sure to have a journal and pen stashed away in your carry-on, so when your mind starts to freak out, you have a healthy distraction and something else to focus on. You can journal, read, write-out your affirmations, draw, or color as a way to self-soothe, slow down your mind, and focus your thoughts.
You got this sis and safe travels.
Jane is the fictional heroine of the Betoken lifestyle blog, Good For Jane. Think of Jane as your virtual BFF. She lives a healthy lifestyle, but not like, over the top. When it’s not a pandemic, she loves hanging out with her friends, dating, and exercising in public. Throughout the pandemic she has baked her fair share of sourdoughs, gotten more than her fair share of takeout to “support her local restaurants”, ordered wine online and taken plenty of CBD to keep the anxiety at bay.
Jane is also the editor of the Dear Jane column. If you have a question for Jane, you can email her at email@example.com.
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