{ Flying With Anxiety }

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Today I want to talk to you guys about ways I cope with my anxiety during flights. When it comes to flying, my limit is usually a duration of up to 5 hours. Anything past that my anxiety rises and I most likely will pass out. Although I've been on quite a few flights, I never seem to get used to it.  Before every flight I have a panic attack and think about all the things that could go wrong, because the fact of being in a metal container thousands of feet off the ground just doesn't make me feel safe.  How does that even make sense to anyone?? I still can't believe that some people actually enjoy to fly! Like what the heck!?! 

The last flight I was on was a round trip from Chicago to Las Vegas. On this flight I tried something new to keep me calm and it actually really helped! I want to share some of my flying tricks with you guys if you're anything like me when it comes to flying. 

  • Read a book. My favorite read right now is #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. This book is very motivating and funny, I couldn't seem to put it down. 
  • Create a playlist with some of your favorite songs and albums. Make sure to pack some headphones so you're not distracting others on the plane. Personally, on my playlist I had Ed Sheeran's entire album and some of my favorite country singers like, Sam Hunt, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley. I picked songs that make me feel happy and relaxed to keep my mind off of the negative thoughts in my head! 
  • Sleep! I always pack an eye mask, neck pillow, and blanket.  It tends to get cold on the plane sometimes, so having a blanket to cuddle up into can be very comforting. I also usually book the earliest flights because I am still usually sleepy and it makes it easier for me to fall asleep. However, with the anxiety that I have, sleeping can be completely out of the question so I like to take Dramamine. Dramamine is a medicine used for motion sickness and nausea relief. When I get anxious, I also get very sick to my stomach. Dramamine helps with that feeling and it also makes me really drowsy and helps me fall asleep within minutes on the flight. I never was able to sleep on flights before taking Dramamine. The only downfall of taking this medicine is that once the flight is over, you're still going to feel drowsiness throughout the day.  
  • Watch movies! I usually buy and download movies to my MacBook or iPad  so that way I can watch it on the plane. Movies are usually around two hours, which helps make time fly faster... haha. Get it? I love watching comedies to help reduce some of that tension in my body by laughing and being happy. 

So those are just some tricks that work for me to reduce some of my flying anxiety. Let me know what you guys like to do on flights to stay calm and stress free! 

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