Hey friends! I’ve been wanting to write this for a long time. I used to loooove flying but for the last couple years, I’ve started having anxiety attacks before and during a flight. Almost every flight I’ve been on lately, I’ve been in tears because I’m so scared. And there’s been no particular incident that has caused me to be scared of flying so it’s very strange to me. Anyways, I decided it’s about time to write a post on how to fly despite being scared of flying. Because no matter how scared I am, I still manage to get on the plane and get to my destination. Keep reading!
How To Fly Despite Being Scared Of Flying
Book The Best Seat
Turbulence is what scares me the most. The second the plane starts to shake a little, I instantly have visions of the plane falling out of the sky and crashing to Earth and blowing up. It’s not pleasant. And while I know that turbulence is nothing to be scared of and it doesn’t mean the airplane will fall out of the sky, that logic goes out on the window when I am 35,000 feet above the ground.
But believe it or not, where you seat on a plane actually has a lot to do about how much turbulence you feel. I always always always try to book our seats right on the wings. When I sit over the wings, I can barely feel the turbulence and my flight is exponentially better. The worst place to sit is at the back of the plane and 11/10 times I’m in tears during a flight if I sit in the back because the turbulence feels like 1000x worse in the back.
So, moral of the story: Book a seat over the wings and avoid the back of the plane.
Listen To Music / Read A Book
The second I get settled into my seat, I put on my noise reducing headphones and open up Spotify and play either Aurora’s (my current favorite artist) album or whatever else I happen to be the mood for. I turn up the volume loud enough that it drowns out the sounds of the plane (I tend to over-focus on every sound the plane makes because I think it means it’s gonna fall from the sky) and quiet enough to not give me a headache. Also, I tend to bring a couple books with me (yes, I’m one of those people) and will crack one open to keep me occupied for the flight. I’ll also play games on my phone if I can’t focus on the book. By doing these things, time goes by way faster and I’m less focused on my surroundings – which normally isn’t a good thing, but in this case……..
Take A Sleeping Pill
Not the best advice but hear me out. If I’m on a longer flight, I will take a sleeping pill about 30 minutes before boarding and I will sleep (9/10 times) the whole flight. It’s my own personal miracle worker. I put in my headphones, slip on an eye-mask (I have this blackout one I purchased from Amazon, I couldn’t live without. You can find it here), and the next thing I know – I’m at my destination!
I wish I had done this on my flight from Minneapolis to Los Angeles (the flight was too short to take a sleeping pill) because that was some of the worst turbulence I’ve ever experienced – we flew straight into a storm somewhere over Nebraska… I’ll write a separate blog post on that story though..
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Hold Someone’s Hand
This is a tip for if you’re traveling with someone. I’ve never flown alone before so I apologize if this tip isn’t as helpful. During takeoff, bouts of turbulence, and landing – I have a death grip on my fiance’s hand. He hates it and I don’t blame him, but there’s something so calming about it. I’m still freaking out, yes, but I would freak out even more if I wasn’t holding his hand. Silly logic but it works for me.
Well, there are some of my tips for how to fly despite being scared of flying! If you have any tips, please let me know down below!! I will be forever grateful. Happy holidays!
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