If take off and turbulence always have you clutching your armrest, it's time to get some help for your next flight. You can take control of your anxiety with information, meditations, and even games to help you relax and have a calm journey.
Since most regular passengers aren't trained pilots, a lot of the pre flight anxiety and in flight jitters come from a lack of understanding of what's really going on. If you have an extreme fear of flying, you can set your mind at ease with an app that gives you detailed information about all the sounds and the physics behind the bumpy patches that cause an illumination of the "fasten seatbelt" sign. You'll feel much safer and more confident while flying with turbulence when you understand what causes it and how planes fly through it with no issue, and you'll overcome your fear of flying quickly once you know the loud banging is just the landing gear setting in place. You can even find apps with turbulence forecasts so you'll be prepared for it ahead of time, and can calm your anxiety about a plane crash while you're in midair.
If you tend to get claustrophobia panic attacks on a plane or feel generally uneasy the whole flight, a little soothing flight anxiety meditation might be just what you need. You can ease anxiety with guided imagery that will help you focus on your breathing so you can slow down hyperventilation, feel relaxed, and stop panic attacks while flying. There are plenty of apps to choose from that will guide you through soothing visualizations and stories that promote mindfulness; all you have to do is pop on your headphones and listen in. You can even start the meditation as soon as you sit down if you want to avoid a panic attack during takeoff.
If you have to sit through a long flight, you might need to find a few more things to make you feel better about flying so you can be sure you'll have the anxiety relief you need the whole way. Dealing with anxiety attacks doesn't always have to be about meditations and breathing exercises; you can also distract yourself on a plane just by opening up a game app on your phone. A great way to challenge yourself is with a few little puzzles or word games that give you something to focus on so you don't even think about the loud sounds or the cramped space. The time will fly by and you'll be beginning the initial descent before you know it.
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