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Flying this afternoon, any tips for curbing anxiety?

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  1. angelas111

    angelas111 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You know, i have flown well over 100 times in my life and the last few years (after 9-11) I developed anxiety and like freak out when i have to fly. Its intermittent. Sometimes it happens sometimes it doesn't. Has anyone dealt with this?

    Last time a couple of months ago. when coming back from my trip i freaked out so much that i was trying to rent a car to drive back instead. There were no rentals available so i had no choice.

    Now, I have hit the airport bar and got loaded up before and that seems to help, but the liquor is expensive and i would like to overcome this without any pills or alcohol.

    i feel myself nervous this morning................i know it makes no sense........but i don't want to have a panic attack today..

    any tips would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    Dude, if you have access to inflight entertainment or a PSP or iphone, bring some movies along. They really help you pass the time and distract you. Drinking isn't going to help.
     
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    You should check out heroin :p


    Calms you down for sure..
     
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    What works for me when I get a bit anxious is four square breathing. Inhale slowly to the count of four, hold that to the count of four, exhale to the count of four and do nothing to the count of four.

    Do that three or four times and your tension comes down a bit.
     
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    I go through the same thing; what I normally do is have someone drive me to the airport so that way I can start drinking way in advanced. I go through about 3 glasses of Jack Daniels, the by the time I reach the bar at the airport I am already buzzed. So will have like 1 or 2 extra glasses before getting on the plane. Ive tried everything else but thats the only thing that actually works for me.
     
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    It's a natural fear for a lot of people. Not too much you can do aside from distract yourself (which I realize is impossible during take off if you are nervous already). I would suggest talking to the person next to you. Get them to comfort you somehow
     
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    i think i will just hit the bar at the airport, because i am driving.
     
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    Offer thr flight attendant a little something to get you into the mile high club ;)
     
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    From personal experience, drinking a lot is usually not a good idea. You get super dehydrated while flying, and drinking makes that worse.

    Just think of the thousands and thousands and thousands of planes that take off and land safely every day. You're at far greater risk of being injured driving to the airport than once you're on the plane.
     
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    I know how you feel, I'm just like that. I have to fly all over the country,So what I did was go to the doc and he gave me alprazolam It does work however most docs don't like to prescribe it because its so addicting.Good luck
     
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    xanax is good because you can sleep the flight away too.

    Personally though just use your mind, I know someone (had dinner with them just before they left on a trip) that was on the second plane. Your odds of being in any type of plane crash are so ridiculously low, just keep that in mind.
     
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    Also remember that almost all planes that crash do so during take off and landing, so those are the only two phases you really need to worry about.

    I've tried xanax and other similar meds for my anxiety and I find they wear out too quickly. Getting real drunk is good (for me) but only because then I can brag loudly about my sexual exploits to the people sitting next to me. Its not the drinking but the bullshitting that distracts me.

    Alternatively, do nothing, let the fear wash over you and take advantage of the opportunity to examine your life and the kind of memories you will leave behind.
     
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    One of the best techniques is to go park your car near the airport for a few hours and watch the take offs and landings, then you will get an idea of how routine it really is and that can help set your mind at ease.
     
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    Its not flying you need to worry about its crashing :)
     
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    LOL yeah as long as you're flying you're fine.
     
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    If it's a longer flight just take some Benadryl, NyQuil, or any other stuff that makes you sleepy and take a nap.
     
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    Alcohol
     
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    Breathe with your abdomen instead of your chest.
     
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    well, i made it. i did not have any alcohol and i did your technique when i felt nervous right after take off and it really worked well. thanks for that advice
     
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    My dear, your anxiety is caused because you kept thinking about it.

    I used to have severe panic attacks but have recovered a lot and living life as normal again. That is when I wrote one of my book and sell it at CB.

    The difference between a normal person and an anxious person taking the plane is... the former is busy thinking of something else or having a blank mind at the moment; the latter is always thinking of his/her anxiety and therefore fueling it to a full-blown attack later.
     
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