Millions of Americans experience some type of anxiety while flying. Within the Astrid Solo Travel Advisor team, each of us have had moments of greater flight anxiety over the years.
To make flying less unbearable, try these three suggestions:
1. Anticipate Your Anxiety
If you know you get anxious on flights, try to accept it as you work on getting better. There are a number of ways to deal with flight anxiety, the most popular being having an alcoholic beverage to calm your nerves, according to The Washington Post. While having a drink won’t work for everyone, being aware of your levels of anxiety before a flight will be helpful in the long run.
Deep breathing is proven to be a stress reducer. When you start to feel anxious, either before or during a flight, begin by taking deep breaths in and out through your nose.
Andrew Weil, M.D. goes even further, stating, “Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.”
3. Bring Something To Do
Don’t overthink your time spent on a plane, which could make your anxiety worse. Bring a book, music to listen to, or another activity to get you through the flight. Having something to take your mind off the physical act of flying will help, trust me!
Additionally, many airlines now offer in-flight WiFi service so you can stream a movie or visit a range of websites to help distract you.
Have you ever tried any of these techniques? Let us know in the comments.