Does your fear of flying, confined spaces, or heights hold you back from visiting friends, family, or traveling? Do you have an upcoming flight that you are quite nervous about? If so, these items will take the edge off of the anxiety and fear while making you feel much more comfortable during your travels:
Whether you have an mp3 player or an old Discman lying around, be sure to stock up on your favorite soothing and fun tunes. Listening to music that you love will not only take your mind off of the fact that you are indeed on board an airplane, but it will make you feel much more comfortable, thus allowing you to relax and drift into thought.
Do you love crosswords, word finds, or sudoku puzzles? Buy a few new crossword books (depending upon length of flight) and bring them in your carry on bag. A great way to pass the time and relax is to set a new goal for yourself: see how many puzzles you can complete in an hour or half and hour, and then try to beat that record.
Airplane peanuts and tiny bags of pretzels aren’t going to quench your nervous need for comfort. Bring along a sweet and salty snack, such as trail mix. Eating your favorite treats allows you to indulge in a comforting experience when you need it the most.
While magazines are entertaining for short periods of time, books have the ability to keep us reading for hours. Research a hot new novel or reread a classic favorite and the time will absolutely fly by – pun intended.
Prepare yourself for the ultimate Tetris showdown! Hand-held versions of classic games such as Tetris, Pacman, Yahtzee, and even Poker can easily be purchased at many large department stores such as Walmart and Kmart, and are typically rather inexpensive. Revisit your old favorites and you will likely find yourself relaxing and involved in no time at all.
Drugs are typically not the answer, but this is one situation in which mood stabilizing drugs may be necessary. Assess your fear of flying and if you feel that it is absolutely required, speak with your primary care physician about a very small prescription of a mood stabilizer (Valium, Xanax, etc.) – just enough to get you through your flights. This should only be used as a last resort.
By attempting to make yourself as comfortable, entertained, and busy as possible, you just may be able relax and forget that you are on an airplane.