I recently went on a little vacation to Los Angeles, California and let me tell you guys, I was terrified to get on the plane. This post is just to tell you guys what I did to overcome my fear and most importantly to tell you that you are not alone in your fear.
Now let me give you guys a little back story. I have been flown on a plane at least twice a year since I could remember. Over the summer I would always go visit my dad and his side of the family and those plane rides were at most 2 & 1/2 hours. Guess what!? I survived those rides, I can’t remember ever being afraid. So WHY out of no where has this fear possessed me?! (I still do not know the answer to this)
But here are my tips to survive a plane ride:
Now I don’t know about you guys but when I’m nervous my body tends to shake, I’ll start sweating and I will probably throw up (too much info, I know). But seriously on the plane ride I packed tons of snacks like trail mix, fruit and candied ginger. Don’t eat anything too heavy because if you do end up throwing up you don’t want it to be extremely gross.
If my mind starts wandering mid flight I start freaking out. For example, I can’t sleep on a flight because that moment when you’re waking up and starting to realize where you are is absolutely terrifying. I did think about taking a Tylenol PM to knock me out but I was afraid. (Obviously I’m a little baby about everything)
So to stay occupied I bought two magazines.
****REMEMBER buy magazines outside of the airport because WOW those prices are steep***
I had my snacks, crunching on my trail mix and ice kept me occupied and watching the movies on flight helps so much.
This is the best tip I can give. I’m a friendly person in general but I try to be extra nice to the people I’m sitting next to. On my recent flights I told the people next to me how nervous I was and they reassured me that everything was going to be okay and we engaged in some small talk that really calmed me down.
Talk Yourself Up
You don’t understand how corny I feel by this last tip but I talk to myself to reassure myself that everything is going to be alright. For example I said something along the lines of “You have all these great goals that you want to accomplish and you’re going to let a little fear bring you down?” And also “little kids fly on planes all the time, am I really going to let a kid be braver than me?”
I’m crazy, I know. But it really does help.
Also I pray before the flight starts, this is a must.
Another thing that I think is really important is to realize that this fear isn’t a thing of mine, it’s simply something that happened in the past and it will not dictate what will happen in the future.
The mind is a powerful thing, conquering fear is just a matter of your mind.
And even if flying isnt something you struggle with it’s important to know that with any fear, YOU GOT THIS!
Here are some pictures from my trip!
Have a great Thursday!