So My Aviophobia Is Back (And What I Did To Get Through It)

So My Aviophobia Is Back (And What I Did To Get Through It)

It seems strange, right? A seasoned world traveler being afraid of flying?

I wrote about this a couple years ago – my fear and how I was able to get over it using a few NLP videos on YouTube.

Well, I’m not sure if it just wore off or what, but on a flight from DC to Tampa my anxiety was through the roof. It might have been the captain’s announcement that there were maintenance problems with the first plane. Or the article I read about someone else’s fear of flying and how they freak when the engine starts making weird noises. Or the turbulence during the whole flight.

Either way, it was very rough. So rough that I considered canceling the flight I had arranged from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale the next morning.

my sister and I on the plane
My sister and I on the first flight

But that’s ridiculous. It would be extremely time consuming and costly for me to live a life sans plane. I can’t bus or boat from Colombia to Florida every time I want to visit my family.

During my last flight, I was determined to make myself as comfortable as possible. I think I came up with the perfect formula.

Tips for Getting Through a Flight

Step 1: Download a bunch of funny movies or TV shows on your laptop/tablet. There is nothing better than a little distraction to keep your mind off your anxiety.

Step 2: Get noise-canceling headphones. The last thing I want to hear is the engines whirring. They make all kinds of crazy noises that I can’t interpret. Crank the volume up as loud as you can stand it, sit back, and enjoy.

Step 3: Marley’s Mellow Mood. While filling up our rental car with gas, I popped inside to get some Dream Water. The station didn’t have any, but the attendant recommended Marley’s Mellow Mood and said that it really works. It didn’t take much convincing for me because I’m a big fan of Bob Marley and I’ll pretty much buy anything with his face on it. Sure enough, as soon as I had chugged the sparkling citrus drink, I was feeling very chill.

Step 4: Dream Water. Now before you go mixing these two, be warned I’m not a doctor and I don’t know if it’s a good idea to load up on both Marley’s Mellow Mood and Dream Water. But I did it. I bought a little bottle at the airport and downed it about 30 minutes before we boarded.

On the flight, I faded in and out of dreamland and the movie Identity Thief. I was just waking up from a nap when we were landing (my favorite time of the flight).

Do you get anxious during flights? What do you do to get through it?

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