When it comes to vacation most of us can’t sleep the night before because we’re too excited. The thrill of traveling somewhere new and thinking of all the different adventures were about to go on fills us with pure joy. Waking up the morning of your flight, when it’s still dark out and you are packing all your bags into the taxi is when it all begins to set in. For some, arriving at the airport means checking in and watching a movie until it’s time to board the plane. For others though, pure terror sets in the second you walk inside those doors. Your anxiety revs up and the only thing you can think about is the plane crash episode from Grey’s Anatomy. Those of us who begin to cripple in fear, there is hope for us.
Try to avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks. The sugar and caffeine make you hyper and amp up your anxiety.
Eliminate uncontrollable fears. When getting on the plane, don’t begin to over analyze the plane itself or the crew. Looking at the pilot and thinking “he looks to young to be a pilot” will do nothing but fill you with more fear. Understand you have no control of the unknown. Try to remember that flying in a plane is actually safer than driving a car.
Take a pit stop at the bar. Sometimes having a glass of wine or two can calm the nerves and take the initial edge off. Just make sure not to over due it!
For those who NEED to sleep for the flight, think about possibly taking a sleeping aid to help. Before the trip, try out the sleeping aid to see how it affects you. The last thing you want is to take a sleeping aid and end up wired for the entire flight.
See if an upgrade is available. Sometimes being in first class with more room and less people can be more comforting.
HEADPHONES ARE A MUST!!!!! Drowning out the real world and escaping into a movie or even music can spin your thoughts away from the idea that you’re 50,000 feet in the sky. Besides changing your thoughts though, headphones block out the one screaming child that seems to have the lung capacity of an opera singer.
Vacation is something we all need once in awhile. It’s stressful to some more than others, but once you step off that plane and feel the sun on your face all your worries melt away.