I have a love for traveling. But, I also have a slight fear of flying mixed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
The important thing is that I know I’m not alone. I know a lot of people who are scared of planes or flying, and it can be really hard to deal with your anxiety over long periods of time.
Last year, on my trip to Aruba, I discovered a few ways I could help ease my stress on the plane. I found out there’s a few things I can do that really help me get through the trip without freaking out.
These things don’t just apply to planes! They can also be helpful for train, boat or car rides. Wherever you may feel nervous during your trip.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
I know then when you’re anxious, it can manifest itself in physical symptoms. It can also heighten senses and make regular things feel overwhelming.
To avoid this as best as possible, wear clothes you feel comfortable in.
It will be one less thing to worry about during your plane ride.
Long lasting candy
Something that works for me when I’m close to an anxiety attack is making my brain focus on something physical. Once, during physics, I chewed an entire pack of gum. And hey, it’s weird, but it works.
Last time I went on a plane I bought a bag of soft caramels. They were thick and hard to chew and took a long time to eat. The sugar has a natural positive effect on the brain, and the physical task is distracting.
For this I’d recommend gum, soft caramels, or any hard candy.
Adult coloring books are my new obsession (along with everyone else’s). I don’t really have time to color them during a regular day, but they’re a miracle on a plane. When people say they are relaxing, they’re so right.
You might be thinking, aren’t they expensive? They don’t have to be! I got a great one for $3 at a dollar store. Plus, you can get colored pencils while you’re there, too!
Plus, you can print out a bunch for free online!
Here are 3 awesome places to get free printable coloring sheets:
- 10 Super Cute Printable Coloring Pages by Dawn
- 11 Free Printable Adult Coloring Pages by Chantal
- 100 FREE COLORING PAGES FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN by Diana
Don’t forget a travel pencil sharpener!
Listen to Music
Listening to music can be a super relaxing way to distract yourself. Make a playlist of songs you love and hit shuffle. Focus on different elements of the music, such as lyrics or background music. It will help you pull your mind away from your stress and let it work on something else.
Feeling better yet? I promise you will when you’re done.
How do you deal with your stress on long trips?