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Ruby-haze

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Anyone got any tips?
« on: 17 Jun 13 / 08:07 PM »
Has anyone got any tips for calming myself before flying? I'm going to Salzburg next month to see my best friend who lives there and I'm an awful flyer, when I went to Salzburg last year I cried the whole way there (I felt really sorry for the two women sat next to me, having to sit next to a crazy girl silently sobbing to herself!) I'm genuinely terrified of flying. I don't leave for a month and already the thought of flying is keeping me awake at night :/
 

ainsleymac

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Re: Anyone got any tips?
« Reply #1 on: 17 Jun 13 / 08:23 PM »
Hypnosis! I downloaded one from audible and i listen to it every night in 2 weeks before a flight.
The guy is really cheesy but i'm not even conscious of what he is saying after a few mins, then i wake up at the end! It's really bizarre but works for me :)

 

Ruby-haze

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Re: Anyone got any tips?
« Reply #2 on: 17 Jun 13 / 08:26 PM »
I'll try that thanks!!
 

ainsleymac

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« Reply #3 on: 17 Jun 13 / 08:28 PM »
Forgot to say - The guy's name is Glenn Harrold.
 

ModifiedMomma

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Re: Anyone got any tips?
« Reply #4 on: 17 Jun 13 / 08:42 PM »
Guided Imagery is also REALLY helpful for reducing anxiety.  I have one by Belleruth Naparstek for Relieving Stress and Healing Trauma.  They are really great, and help me relax through anxious moments.  I see she even has one for Panic Attacks now, too.  I highly recommend her audios.  :)

http://www.amazon.com/Meditations-Relieve-Stress-Belleruth-Naparstek/dp/1881405621/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371497958&sr=1-2&keywords=naparstek+belleruth
 

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Re: Anyone got any tips?
« Reply #5 on: 17 Jun 13 / 08:45 PM »
I might try hypnosis ... I hate flying, too, but the only tips I have are to use breathing exercises during take off and turbulence.  Breathe in through your nose to a count of three, hold for a count of three and then exhale through your mouth to a count of three.  I also remind myself that there are many thousands of flights happening every day that I'm not on and it's fine.  Sometimes I force my muscles to relax to try to calm myself down as well.  Again, using the three counts, start at your scalp and tense the muscles, hold them and slowly relax them.  Then your face, then your neck, your shoulders, etc, all the way down to your toes.  You can do this along with the breathing exercises to really work on relaxing your mind and body at the same time, and you can repeat them as many times as necessary.

Once the plane levels out I tend to disconnect and I really enjoy landings (apparently that's the bit most people hate, but I just think, "Yay, back on solid land!").  Take offs are hell, though; I get extreme vertigo and have been known to have panic attacks during them (I had a truly stunning moment sitting next to a businessman once where I screamed that we were all going to die during the take off and he had to calm me down.  I'm guessing that the only reason they didn't take me off that plane and escort me to a room for interrogation is the fact that we were mid take off.  That man is a saint).  The breathing and relaxation exercises really do help me get through them, though.
 

Ruby-haze

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« Reply #6 on: 17 Jun 13 / 08:48 PM »
I'm surprised I didn't get taken aside before boarding the plane last time, I was nervous, shaking and trying not to cry. As soon as I got on board I burst into tears! Felt really sorry for the two women sitting next to me haha!
 

ainsleymac

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Re: Anyone got any tips?
« Reply #7 on: 17 Jun 13 / 09:10 PM »
I might try hypnosis ... I hate flying, too, but the only tips I have are to use breathing exercises during take off and turbulence.  Breathe in through your nose to a count of three, hold for a count of three and then exhale through your mouth to a count of three.  I also remind myself that there are many thousands of flights happening every day that I'm not on and it's fine.  Sometimes I force my muscles to relax to try to calm myself down as well.  Again, using the three counts, start at your scalp and tense the muscles, hold them and slowly relax them.  Then your face, then your neck, your shoulders, etc, all the way down to your toes.  You can do this along with the breathing exercises to really work on relaxing your mind and body at the same time, and you can repeat them as many times as necessary.


The hypnosis is based upon these types of breathing exercises so i think it would work for you. The first hypnosis i did was for my driving test and it worked so well i bought the flying one.
I was the most stressed out learner driver ever and on the day of my test i was really calm and i passed with 2 minors. My driver instructor told me afterwards that she was concerned by how calm i was because it was so unlike me.

@CupcakeDeVil i will need to try your recommendation. It looks really good for dealing with anxiety
 

ModifiedMomma

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Re: Anyone got any tips?
« Reply #8 on: 17 Jun 13 / 09:13 PM »
@CupcakeDeVil i will need to try your recommendation. It looks really good for dealing with anxiety

The GI has a lot to do with breathing, too.  :)  If you try them, I hope they work well for you.  They've helped me tremendously.
 

Mouse

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« Reply #9 on: 18 Jun 13 / 10:10 PM »
Diazepam maybe? I take it for anxiety and medical phobia. The little booklet that comes with it says that you can take it to help combat phobias, and it cites flying as one of the examples. You can get it from your GP I think! It doesn't actually stop you being afraid so much as it gets rid of the symptoms and makes you really chilled out.
 

Ruby-haze

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« Reply #10 on: 18 Jun 13 / 11:56 PM »
I'm going to try the breathing thing, I really hate taking things that are likely to make me drowsy or sleepy, really don't want to be disorientated in another country haha! It's a fear I need to get over because I plan to travel a lot with my work. It's weird though because I never used to be scared of flying. I blame Lost.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 19 Jun 13 / 09:36 AM »
I think they are quite pricy, but when I was much younger I accompanied my mum on a fear of flying course at Manchester Airport. It was really, REALLY good - the pilot was on the intercom the whole time saying this noise is the wheels going up, this noise is the flaps doing this, etc. and warns you when the plane will bank (they did lots of manoeuvres so you got used to what everything felt like without thinking OMG CRASH) and it all but cured her in one go :) She now flies as far as the Canary Islands on her own OK. It might be an idea to look into it if you're going to travel a lot - I think most airports offer them now too.
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« Reply #12 on: 20 Jun 13 / 02:42 PM »
Calms Rescue Remedy is really good - you can get it in boots, it doesn't make you sleepy or anything it just helps with that jittery feeling. I used to give it to my horse too (as she was a bag of nerves!) It seemed to help...but that could have been psychosomatic I guess - maybe I was calmer knowing shed had it, which in turn made her calmer - I don't know. It's worth a shot though
 

 

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