We all have that one thing that causes us more anxiety and nerves than it seems to cause other people. For some people, that's flying. If that's you, you're going to have to try these tips on your next flight!
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Whether you're taking a gap year, spending a semester volunteering, or you're just taking a short flight home for the holidays, flying can be scary. Some people are scared they won't arrive safely, some are worried about crashing and others are a little freaked out by the take off/landing (or just being that high up in the air in a big metal plane).
While there's nothing that can cure the fear, you can try these tips on your next flight to help you relax:
- Keep these airplane facts in mind
- Bring distractions
- Treat yo self
- Watch the flight attendants
- Remember the pilots are people too
- Look out the window during turbulence
- Bring something to hold on to
Keep these airplane facts in mind
By remembering these facts, it may help put your mind at ease a bit:
Air travel is the SAFEST mode of transportation (you're actually more likely to get struck by lighting than be in a plane crash), planes can fly safely with only one engine and can land without any, turbulence is not as dangerous as you may think, and all planes go through extensive safety checks before a passenger ever steps on board.
Simple enough, right? You'll want to do this anyways to combat boredom on a long flight. Bring your phone with Netflix shows/games/music/podcasts preloaded on it, bring a book that you love, or bring an iPad with movies on it. You can also bring crossword puzzles, Sudoku books, or even coloring books if you're into those! If you're sitting next to someone in your ILP group, use them as a distraction as well!
Treat yo self
Now is not the time to watch what you're eating. Bring your favorite snacks and enjoy yourself. Grab your favorite drink from the flight attendant and relax as much as possible!
Watch the flight attendants
If you ever find yourself starting to panic, look at the flight attendants. If they are calm, there is no reason for you to think anything is wrong. They will let you know if there is anything going on and will instruct you what to do in the rare occasion something is happening.
Remember the pilots are people too
The pilots are people too and have families just like you do. They want to be as safe as possible and want to land smoothly just as bad as you do. They are doing everything in their power to make the flight as safe as they can. They not only have your life in their hands, they also have theirs.
Look out the window during turbulence
Look out the window when you hit any turbulence. Watch how steady the plane really is and you will see how much it is not affected by the bumps. Turbulence makes it feel like the plane is out of control, but it's actually very much the opposite.
Bring something to hold on to
You can bring a blanket, pillow or even just use your jacket or backpack, but having something to hold on to and hold can help with those nerves. The pressure of holding onto something will relax you and make you feel better. Just make sure it's something you can take through security!
Don't let the fear of flying keep you from being able to travel abroad! Trust me, you're going to want to be able to travel the world and see things like the L'viv Chocolate Factory in Ukraine, the LDS temples in Europe and the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.
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