Any tips to cure fear of flying?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

I am terrified of flying, and I avoided it for over 14 years because I get so panicky I cannot control myself. I take Ativan sublingually, it works very quickly. I take it as soon as we get on the plane. I also travel with a small DVD player and a movie or two with noise cancelling headphones. It keeps me distracted and helps drown out any engine noise. 

Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I have fear of flying, too — major fear, but I fly all the time. I will not let that stop me from traveling the world. I have a trip to Guatamala coming up and one to Japan this year. Here’s what I do: get to the airport early, eat, relax, enjoy myself, take Xanax (I also have a few drinks, but I hesitate to say that because it’s not recommended to mix the two. I’ve been doing it for a few decades and have a routine down). There’s a free app called SOAR that helps with the fear of flying and even has a turbulence meter, so you can see that the turbulence you experience is nothing unusual. This is coming from someone who cries the night before flights: Keep flying. It’s totally worth it.

Post # 33
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Busy bee

I flew right before 9/11 as a child and then hadn’t flown since until about 2 years ago at 22. I developed an irrational fear of plane crashes in that time. I was going to Cabo with my then boyfriend and literally had an anxiety attack in the months leading up to it. My doctor gave me a prescription for Xanax but I didn’t want to have to take it. Just having it with me in the event I had the urge to run off the plane helped immensely! Now I’ve flown tons of times since and although I do get nervous with turbulence and weird noises I’m not on the verge of having a mid flight freak out or getting the urge to run off the plane and I haven’t needed to take the pills. I just think positively, have a few drinks and distract myself with music or an in flight movie. I don’t want my irrational fear to stop me from experiencing travel and life. And that’s the motivation that gets me on that damn plane! 

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Yep. I have worked on my fear, but an Ativan and then a pair of noise canceling headphones that either have white noise or something relaxing on that means I can’t hear the plane sounds. Also I chew gum. It’s like a ritual I’ve developed that I rely on and the steps automatically relax me. If Ativan/Xanax are unavailable, Benadryl or Dramamine/Gravol work for a lot of people. 

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

fromatoz :  Agreed. I have a very specific playlist that is my “airplane” list and by about the third song we are in the air and I feel ok.

 

Also, some people like a specific seat. I know anxious flyers who like the aisle because you are able to move more, but I like the window so I can sort of cuddle up in the corner and feel safe there.

Post # 36
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Sugar bee

Stress ball, lavender oil, something to watch on my phone, something to eat (m&m’s) and xanex. 

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