Whether you’re a frequent flyer or are doing one of your first trips away this summer, flying can be an anxious experience. Hopefully some of our tips will make you feel more at ease, so you can get on with enjoying your getaway…
The best way to feel at ease with your trip away is to feel in control; make up a to-do list a few weeks before you jet off, and slowly tick off tasks as you go. Last minute rushing around on the morning of your trip will only make you more nervous.
If you’re still wondering if what you have packed is right for where you’re going, just remember that all you really need is your passport, boarding passes and a credit/debit card/some form of funds. All the rest can be bought if you really need to – keep this in mind as the worries start to materialise, it really works to keep you level-headed.
Research Where You’re Off To
We’re not talking the usual restaurants, close beaches etc. (though this is a good plan!) – it’s also important to Google the weather for the time you’re there, as well as transport to/from the airport, getting around, anything you need to know about the culture.
If you can, print off all essential documents rather than having them on your phone or in emails. Little steps like this will really prep you for your trip away, so the worries won’t come in to play.
Take a good book or some work with you to distract yourself while you’re onboard – a gripping read or good glossy magazine will take your mind off what’s going on in the background, so you can rest up.
Alternatively, make yourself a soothing playlist or follow this ‘most beautiful songs’ Spotify playlist for some easy listening on the move.
Don’t Do It Alone
It’s always good to have a travel buddy, a companion to help share the load and to keep each other in high spirits. It’s not always possible, if you have to fly solo with work commitments or whatever, but you can still strike up small talk with the person next to you.
It’s also a good idea to let the cabin crew know about your anxiety, it will really help to ease you in to your journey. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, and sharing your worries will be like a small weight lifted.
Before a flight, we try to make sure we’re hydrated and have eaten a light meal. It’s a good idea to avoid caffeine and other stimulants as these will only heighten your fears. If you do have a glass of wine to help you settle in, don’t overdo it and ask for a glass of water on the side. It’s always a good idea to feel hydrated for your journey.
Keep A Few Essentials Close
Pack your cabin bag carefully; we recommend taking a set of headphones, something to help pass the time (such as a book or magazine), a bottle of water, an eye mask to allow for some snoozing, and anything else you deem essential for your trip.
We also really recommend the Origins Peace of Mind On The Spot Relief, this is a minty fresh formula to help clear your mind. The stress-relieving aroma eases pressure, tension and stress – just squeeze a dot on to the index fingers, rub together and gently breathe in deeply three or four times. It really is something to have on hand for nerve-wracking experiences!
Above all else, remember to breathe and enjoy your trip away. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the worries of travelling, so keep your mind on what you’re most looking forward to on your journey away.
Do you have any tips for dealing with travel anxiety?