Look, flying is absolutely bizarre. They have to calculate a bunch of angles, zoom around at extreme speeds, and get all the passengers to get along. Unfortunately for me, my anxiety hits at random times. Some flights, I hardly even notice we are in air. Other times, I am certain I made-a-grave-mistake-and-I-forgot-to-tell-mom-I-love-her. It can be a stressful environment, but we don’t have to fall victim to the bad vibes! Let the fear of flying go with these personally tried and true tips.
Start with Distracting Music
Wouldn’t necessarily go for straight soothing jazz- I personally enjoy whatever will distract me. Please be courteous of the people next to you and don’t turn it up to 100%. I’ve found being able to kinda hear what is going on around me helps with the physical anxiety. Some recent favorites are:
Sunshine by Tom Misch
Boiling by Disclosure
Section by 2 Chainz
Calm Down by G-Eazy
Hands to Myself by Selena Gomez
Have Multiple Books to Choose From
Ideally, an ipad or kindle will save the day. Some people refuse to bring a kindle, but for someone like me, that shit’s more valuable than malaria pills. Luckily almost every airport carries some books and magazine for purchase. If you’re going abroad, get your books in your home country unless you speak the language of the place you are going. I’ve been very disappointed assuming I could hop in a little bookstore in Barcelona only to realize Catalan is way out of my league. Try to keep one novel/literature book and one book that can stimulate your mind. Being able to switch between the two is a wonderful distraction
Please don’t open a bottle of peppermint essential oil and start flinging wildly like a Catholic priest. Not everyone enjoys the same scents and it’s a little cruel to trap them in the air with that. Instead, take an eye-mask (get them a Walgreens or CVS before) and dab some lavender essential oil on the side that does NOT touch your face. Whenever you start to get anxious, bring the eye-mask to your face inhale the soothing scent.
Wear a Scarf
When it comes down to it, we all want to feel safe. We know to protect ourselves, but when we are out of our comfort zone, we can feel a little like a cornered animal. Think about a dog who uses an thunder jacket. They need the pressure to feel safe. On an airplane, using a soft, warm scarf to “protect” your neck will help you subconsciously relax.
Have a Glass of Wine
A glass of WINE. Look, we all know someone who has gotten loose as a goose on an airplane before (…) but save yourself the drunken hysterics. If you’re already feeling a little out of your element, throwing whiskey in the mix is NOT going to help. On the other hand, I can’t really argue against one glass of wine. Start with white and if you need more, you can always get another.
Take Care of Yourself
If you’re hungry, munch. If you’re tired, sleep. If you feel cramped, please get up and walk around! Be sure to drink a lot of water. My general rule is two bottles of water for every 3 hours of flying. Get something filling before getting on the plane, even if you don’t think you are hungry. You certainly don’t want to be depending on pretzels and peanuts for survival.
Try a Coloring Book
So happy I finally had a chance to try these bad boys out on my recent trip to Aruba. Experts say that your mind goes into meditation mode and it’s used as therapy for couples. The one I bought came with double-sided coloring pencils- so convenient. Ask the person next to you to color with you for further distraction.
Listen to an Audiobook
I understand that not everyone enjoys reading, but that shouldn’t keep you from knowing all the good stories! Ladies, I’ve already compiled the list of books you should read before 30 right here. Pro-tip: try finding one with a British accent. Stumbled upon one a few years ago and it was magical.
Scroll Through Your Photos
On your phone! I still have to fly on budget planes that do not have wifi (gasps from all the rich betches) so Pinterest is just out of reach. Looking at pictures of my dog whilst flying really soothes me. Looking at pictures of old trips gets me excited. ANNND having live photos via 6s is truly life-changing. Literally can watch my Smokey Bear lick his lips post ocean dip- adorable.