Wednesday, 1 July 2015

TRAVEL | Anxiety & Flying - Tips & Tricks



In today's post I want to address anxiety. I want to address this specifically relating to travel. I know how scary flying can be and as it is approaching holiday season I thought it was important to dedicate a post to try and help some or any of you who deal with anxiety when travelling. I am going to share my tips and advice to the best that I can. Anxiety is so annoying and horrible to deal with so that's why I thought it was important to address this on my blog.
 
BEFORE THE FLIGHT

1. Be organised

If you leave things last minute this will increase your stress and anxiety levels. I think it is a great idea to pack a little in advance and organise your in flight essentials. 

2. Be positive
 
If you go into certain situations with negative and apprehensive mind sets you are only increasing the chances of your anxiety being heightened. If you take time to relax and be positive before you even arrive at the airport, you are giving yourself time to just breathe through everything. I always find it helpful to remember that you are more likely to crash your car than crash whilst flying.
 
3. Practice Mindfullness
 
Mindfullness is technique which was derived by Buddhists to help those suffering with anxiety. It is "the intentional, accepting and non-judgemental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment". There are many methods of mindfullness. For example, yoga and meditation. One which was useful for me was simple breathing techniques. I found that it was challenging to make time for just sitting doing nothing but if you find 5 minutes at the start and the end of your day to just sit and breathe in deeply and breathe out, you will find that you will become a lot more relaxed. There are some great apps that may be of use to you to help you unwind and practice breathing techniques.
 
AT THE AIRPORT
 
1.  Distraction
 
Normally, I try to deal with my anxiety head on but during my time at the airport I find it best to distract myself entirely. I normally find that my anxiety can be quite bad during security or at the gates because I am just waiting for the flight.
 
- Speak to the person you are with
I am grateful I am travelling with my boyfriend who understands how I feel, so I will be trying to take my mind off my anxiety by speaking to David who will more than likely manage to cheer me up.
 
2. Avoid Caffeine
 
If you suffer from anxiety you will know that caffeine is a no go. Having lots of water will help you to be hydrated and I find drinking water can help when I feel stressed.
 
3. Medication
 
If you have medication that is proscribed remember to take this before your flight. Alternatively, there are many tablets you can take to reduce anxiety, for example Kalms.
 
DURING THE FLIGHT
 
1. Listen to the air hostesses
 
I always find it helpful to listen to the air hostesses when they tell you where fire exits are and the techniques you should do and perform in certain circumstances if worst comes to worst.
 
2. Distraction
 
- Watch a film
I will be going on a 10 hour flight so I am grateful I will have the entertainment of movies and tv whilst I am travelling however if you are not going on a long haul flight then try listen to some music or speak to the person you are travelling with.
 
- Sleep
If you are anything like me then you will not be able to fall asleep however, sleeping is a great way to relieve your anxiety because you are not having to combat it at all.
 
- Think about the final destination
I find it helpful to think ahead to what I will be doing when I arrive. Thinking ahead will take your focus and mind to a different place which is most likely a happy place.
 
- Tell yourself 'you are okay'
Simply telling yourself that you are okay and that nothing bad will happen is very helpful and relaxing.
 
IF THESE TECHNIQUES FAIL -
 
The chances are at this stage, you will be having a panic or anxiety attack. At this stage, I would recommend listening to some calming music, I love Ludovico Einaudi music. IGIORNI and Primavera are great for relaxing. Whilst listening to this music, use the deep breathing techniques which I previously mentioned whilst having sips of water. As an anxiety sufferer, you will know that panic attacks will last roughly between 5-25 minutes, by the end of it you will be exhausted, to ensure you reduce the chance of another attack, continue listening to music or distract yourself by watching a film if it is available. If you are able to take a further dosage of medication to relieve your anxiety, I would recommend it.
 
I always find it helpful to remember that no one has ever died from having panic attacks. I have always been told to deal with anxiety head on and to not avoid it. The more you avoid anxiety related and scary situations, the worse the problem gets. Whenever I get through something that makes me anxious, I am so proud because I tackled it head on rather than running away and giving in. On the other hand, I do still struggle and if I can get out of a situation, I will. BUT it is important to remember that it is not all in your head. Anxiety is a real thing and no one knows how hard it is unless you are a sufferer. Do not give up, because you are stronger than you think. I'm considering doing a post solely dedicated to anxiety because I know how many people suffer from it, let me know if it would be helpful for some of you.
 
 
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  1. I also have anxiety and hate flying. I was on a plane last month and luckily I had my boyfriend with me to distract me, like you. I found that listening to music & avoiding looking out the windows helped a lot, too! It's nice to see bloggers talk about these things! :)

    Lauren | Life with Lauren

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    1. Thank you so much Lauren!! X

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    2. Great tips. I definitely have anxiety about flying and think your suggestions will be super helpful!

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      www.ma-luxe.com

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    3. Glad it was of use lovely xx

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  2. I have never had panic attacks but I do get really anxious during flights since I am claustrophobic. I usually try to distract myself and try to get as much sleep as I possibly can! This post is really helpful ^-^

    Sarah | sarahanne14.blogspot.com

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    1. So glad it was helpful - thanks for commenting Hun!!! X

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  3. This is such a helpful post, I know a lot of people who suffer with anxiety while traveling so I will definitely be sharing this with them! I'm pretty okay with flying except if there's turbulence, oh gosh that really makes me nervous.. Wonderful post dear, thanks for the helpful tips! xxxxx

    www.romantiquely.com

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    1. Thank you, it means a lot to know this post has been helpful haha!!:)) turbulence is horrible:(( xxxxx

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  4. So inspirational to read this!!! You have given great advice and techniques! Love you, will send this to my freind as this would help her quite lots xxxxxooooo

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  5. Great post gurl! I don't suffer from anxiety,but I know so many people who do and I will definitely be recommending this post! Such great tips,have an awesome day gurl xxx

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    1. Thank you so much!! Have a good day too lovely:):) xxx

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    2. Not a problem! and thanks so much gal xxx

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  6. This is so helpful! I tend to panic about all the people around me and how I feel trapped in such a small space. I think I need to research some breathing techniques though great tips!

    www.sophieslittlesecrets.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much!:) it's horrible, I get like that too! Just breathe deeply from the stomach, it helps calm you down:) x

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  7. heplful thanks dearest x will help for my holiday in October xxx thanks xx

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  8. Thank you so much for this post! :) I do not have anxiety myself but I do used to get extremely nervous and scared of turbulence on flights (I am also terrified of roller coasters) to the point that it makes me not want to go holidays that require flying :( I am now not half as nervous about it as before as I have learnt to train myself not to overthink when turbulence occurs and to repeatedly remind myself that this is all just in my head and is a completely mental thing :) Listening to my favourite music also helps tremendously :) xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

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    1. Glad it was useful!:)) music is amazing for relaxing!! Xx

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  9. I've never had a panic attack, but I do get anxious a lot! Very helpful, thank you!

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

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    1. So glad :):) thanks for commenting and supporting x

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  10. I have anxiety, not through flying but of being in small spaces with lots of people so I use a lot of your tips to help me to keep calm! xxx

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    1. Yeah it's horrible:( thanks for commenting xxx

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  11. I never really get anxious about flying until I'm sitting in the seat waiting to take off! I'll definitely try telling myself I'm okay and thinking about my holiday destination next time - hopefully they will help, even just a little!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Yeah I think just trying to tell yourself it's mind over matter can help a little:) thanks for commenting xxx

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  12. Becca Anne Lindsey4 July 2015 at 14:37

    This was so inspirational and helpful to stumble across. What intellengence you have for a young lady! I am 40 years old, have not been on a plane in 20 years because I was so petrified and the thought of flying but seeing you, at such a young age, providing specialist advice, it makes me think twice. I think I will try fly again using your techniques shown in this dedicated post. I have now followed you. Thank you dear. Love from Houston, TX.

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    1. Means so much to read that! Thank you:):) x

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  13. I used to get really air sick when I flew, so most of my plane anxiety just comes from there. I haven't flown in years, but the last time I did went much more smoothly than it used to. I always wear something very cozy, and a sentimental t shirt. Makes me feel more at home.

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    1. Yeah being comfortable really helps!:) thanks for commenting!! X

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  14. I think you are very brave and honest about talking about anxiety and offering suggestions!! I have never been on a plane but when I do I definitely take some of your advise!

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty

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    1. Thank you!! I hope it helps whenever you need it!:) x

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  15. I flew last week and this helped much , thank you much I tweet on twitter to thank. love from poland

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