Post # 1
I’m going on a work trip to Ireland this Thursday and I’m freaking out about the flight! I always get really nervous, and I think it’s intensified since getting engaged, because I feel like I have this great future in front of me…husband, future kids, etc. and I feel like I am taking RISKS by flying!!!
I mean, planes are freaking heavy. How the heck do they even stay up in the air???
I think I might need some meds for this trip! I don’t have like panic attacks or anything, and I’m mostly nervous during the take off and landing, but…ugh, I just feel all jittery about this flight!
Post # 3
I really would consider talking to a doctor about this. It sounds like maybe they could help you to feel less anxious about the trip (and it isn’t a short trip either).
Post # 4
I know, it’s a longggggg trip. And I think I’m sitting next to my boss, who is really nice but kind of socially awkward. Before when I went, at least I had a peer coworker to hang out with, and she was a bit anxious too so we could of helped each other through (held hands in the turbulence, haha) but I don’t think that would work quite the same with my boss, haha!
Post # 5
Yeah I don’t think you want to hold hands with your boss! That would be awkward. For sure, don’t drink before the flight, you don’t want to be drunk sitting next to your boss!
Post # 6
If you’re not sure about taking actual drugs or talking to a dr at this point, taking a herbal relaxant might help? I hate flying too especially for work trips when there’s no one to hold hands with! I’m ok as long as I can forget I’m in a plane, so as long as there’s movies to watch, a good book to read and Sudokus to puzzle over I tend to be ok 🙂 I have heard the courses for people to get over their fear of flying are very effective – they teach you a lot about how planes work so you don’t need to wonder how it stays up 🙂 That might be something to look into especially if you have to travel a lot for work and this is becoming an issue for you.
Post # 7
I totally feel you on this. My problem isn’t with how massive planes stay in the air, I trust the engineers have got that one figured out, but the feeling of total lack of control! You’re in a piece of transportation hiiiiiigh above the ground, carrying lots of people who may have ill-intent. If one of them decides to destroy the plane, there’s nothing I can do. I can’t jump out and live. If the plane starts to go down from some other force, again, nothing I can do. I can’t bust out the window and hope for the best like on a train. Unlike in a car, I can’t try to grab the wheel and steer myself back on track, and there aren’t any airbags to save you when you go down. It’s scary!
Sorry, I probably shouldn’t have posted that here! Meds are prob a great idea if you don’t have time for a course, just make sure the Dr. doesn’t prescribe something too strong or you might end up totally knocked out, which could be awks with the boss sitting there. My mom has a fear of driving in mountains, and whenever we go on vacation to the Rock Mts. area, she takes sedatives. They definitely, DEFINITELY help her! She can enjoy the beauty of the scenery without throwing up along the side of the road, ending up in hysterics, or making us drop her off at the foot of the mountain at a national park and picking her up when we’re doing seeing whatever’s up there. So yeah, her situation was pretty extreme, and the pills fixed it quite well!
Post # 8
When I flew to london 17hr flight I took a travel sickness pill -makes you stop feeling sick and completely forgot that I did. When I got on the flight I had two glasses of wine. What I forgot one that I took the sickness pill and that your not supposed to mix the alcohol together. needless to say I had a great 13hr sleep.
I really like flying and Im not afraid of it but I get a little uneasy being confined for a long time. Watching heaps of movies on the flight helps, and listening to the radio that they got onboard. Also take a good book. Sometimes you will forget your even flying!
Post # 9
I tend to fly quite often and frequently over the Atlantic ocean. Sometimes I’m fine, other times it makes me uneasy. I’ve learned that everyone has a seating preference that makes them comfortable. A former co-worker of mine had to sit as clost to the front as possible, some people like the middle/aisle seats so as to not see out the window and simulate the feeling of riding a bus and some people like the window. My choice is window so I feel like I have an idea of where we are and can most easily sleep with my head resting against the wall. Figure out what place makes you feel the most comfortable before you fly. I would suggest sleeping on the flight, specifically because you will most likely arrive in Ireland in the morning so you will need your rest to avoid jet lag. If you don’t want to do a sleeping pill I’ve heard Benadryl can be very effective (it did nothing for me). I would also suggest a glass or two of red wine, headphones and an eye mask. The longer you can sleep the better you will be upon arrival and you will be less aware of flying.
Post # 10
Are you looking for an answer more sophisticated than Bernoulli’s Principle in regards to how planes stay in the air? Cuz that’s sorta it =]. They’re heavy, but there’s a lot of power in the engines to make them go. I’m a firm believer that the more you know, the safer you’ll feel.
But really, I fly quite a bit, too, and planes just feel so safe to me. I feel LESS safe when I’m in the passenger seat of someone else’s car.
If you aren’t ok drugging yourself up on a flight, the most you can do is distract yourself. I bring a DVD player, ipod, and lots of magazines (i can get sick reading books but magazines are easier for me) to keep myself entertained. Usually, the more i read, the more inclined I feel to doze off. airplanes are relatively uncomfortable and if i can sleep through a chunk of the flight, it helps me feel less weary upon arrival.
Post # 11
I usually take some TylenolPM to sedate me a bit and also counteract leg cramps (I’m a tall girl). That usually gets me through flights, even the long ones I’ve taken to Europe.
Post # 12
Go to the doctor and get some anti anxiety medicine. It will really help.
Post # 13
i feel the exact same way, i am a total mess during takeoff (hate the feeling of not being in control). what helps me, besides sedatives (which i understand if you can’t take because you are with your boss), are the bose noiseblocker headphones. you don’t even need to have them plugged into anything for them to work, but they drown out the engine noise which really helps calm me down a lot. i usually wear them from the second i get on the plane until like 30-45 minutes into the flight (once i feel calmer) and then use them if i’m using my ipod. they are pretty $$$ but i think worth the investment as i’ve had mine for over 10 years and refuse to fly without them. good luck! you will be fine!