(Closed) How am I going to handle this flight?! Tips/tricks/advice please!

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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9631 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

((HUGS))  I’m so sorry you’re so nervous, poor baby!  I’m one of those people who actually really enjoys flying but I know a lot of people don’t.  I think you’ve covered your bases really well with preparing yourself for the stress.  Mainly my issue with flying is just the airport annoyances/delays but I love the actual flying part of it once I’m on the plane.  I would definitely recommend having some reading material with you to keep you distracted and keep in mind the cut-off for electronic devices, so have paper copies of stuff as well.  If a sedative or anti-anxiety med will help take that, too.  In my case, I’d be afraid I’d be so relaxed I wouldn’t be able to “sprint through the airport” quickly enough (that I’ve had to do so many times) but it may help calm your nerves.  Oh yeah, wear comfy shoes just in case you do have to sprint, lol.  Keep telling yourself everything will be just fine.  I wish you all the best and hope everything goes smoothly for you. 

Post # 4
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1030 posts
Bumble bee

Oh bless you! Are you flying to Manchester/London and then connecting Edinburgh? Where are you flying from?

I think the first thing to try and help is to establish why you’re nervous. Is it because you’re afraid of flying? Or being on your own? Or because you’re worried about the little things (peeing, needing to stand up etc)?

I find the best thing to do is to come well stocked with things to keep busy! Start reading a good book NOW so that by the time you get to the airport you’ll (hopefully) want to keep reading. Get there early, familiarise yourself with the airport, find the toilets, and go get something to eat. I find I like wandering around the airport first without rushing. Rushing makes me stressed. And when I sit down, I sit right in front of a departures board so I know when I can head to the gate!

Are you connecting with the same airline? It might be worth double checking what happens with your luggage. Did you book the flight in one go? Or book them seperately? Because I know one person who booked seperately and didn’t collect their bags after their first flight and left them! Eep!

As for peeing on the plane – there’s usually a little bit of a queue. Once you think you need to be, get up so that you have enough time to wait. You can walk up and down too, if you want to stretch your legs. Maybe find some in flight exercises?

My best tip comfort-wise, is to wear leggings. Oh my goodness, leggings help me so much if i’m feeling bleugh and bloated. And remember it gets cool on flights so bring something to snuggle in (and some toasty socks!)

Good luck!!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Just a hint/tip about when you land in the UK… you will have to fill out a small form about the reason for your trip, and include how long you will be staying AND where you will be staying.  I didn’t know this and ended up going into a little bit of panic mode trying to go through my carry on for the address for our hotel!

Good Luck!

Post # 7
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580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Well you seem to have gotten all the good info you’ll need so I’ll just say hi!! You’ll enjoy Scotland, just think of that to get you through! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh bless you…I know how it feels…

A few tips;

Complete all paper work(for entering the UK) prior to the flight so you don’t have to think about that.

Where are you seated in the plane during the longer flight?

If possible ask for an aisle seat so that you easily can access the restroom without having to climb over other passengers.

Do not drink coffee or coke during the flight.

I have noticed that the caffeine really just makes me more nervous.

Do you have an MP3 player?

If you do, bring it along with a brand new audiobook.

I can’t focus on reading books or magazines during a flight but an audiobook takes my mind off things and helps me relax.

Best of look to you!

Post # 11
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454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think you can count on the Ativan working without knocking you out, especially if you don’t take it regularly!  I have a friend who takes it as needed for severe anxiety, only when she has an attack (maybe like once every few months) and she is able to go to work and function normally.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

In one of my psychology courses my professor discussed the flying type of panic disorder. People who fly several times a year should get exposure therapy where a therapist helps the person get over their flying anxiety gradually. But most people don’t fly very much. She said that those who don’t fly often but have a fear of flying should get one or two anti anxiety pills for the trip and that will take care of it no problem. You should be fine. Good luck on your trip and try to enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

One word: Valium.

I got it just for our flight to our vacation this past year and it did a world of good for me. I was able to take it before boarding and it kept me calm and just sleepy enough that I could sleep or just rest without feeling that edge of panic. Definately talk to a doctor, they understand!

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