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Monday, July 15, 2013

I'm absolutely petrified to fly. So, guess what I'm going to be doing on Saturday morning? Yup, flying. I'm not particularly looking forward to it, for a lot of reasons. But, since my husband feels like flying is safer than driving 1350 miles alone (though I was going to take Chewbi, my 1 year old shih-tzu, so technically I wouldn't have been alone), I'm flying.

I've only ever flown Southwest, but their bad press for being unaccommodating to heavier people (I mean, who can afford two seats?!), together with the bad experience I had flying with them a few years ago and I'm looking for a new airline. So, I've heard good things about American Airlines and thought I'd give them a shot.

But, I'm still afraid. Afraid I'm going to get sick, afraid I'm not going to fit in the seats, afraid of the unknowns of flying (like crashes!!).

I'm just working really hard not to get worked up about it, because that will make things worse. I'm going to take my Dramamine to avoid getting air sick and then try to distract myself for the 3 hours it'll take to fly from DFW to Las Vegas. It's a short flight, I can handle it... I hope.

Then, a week later, I get to fly back. I'm not looking forward to that, either. I wish I could have talked my husband into not being freaked out about driving... Maybe next time.

Wish me luck!
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    Oh.... emoticon to you! I always enjoyed flying back in the days when I did quite a bit of it - I liked that exhilarating feeling I got just as the landing gear went up and the plane angled toward the sky. But I know there are many, many people who don't share that enthusiasm, although yes, you are statistically much safer in the sky than if traveling 1,000+ miles by car. You might enjoy Health Journeys' work on fear of flying, in mp3 or CD format:


    Hopefully, the URL will fit on one line in your browser. If not, you can cut-and-paste into segments together there. Spark, unfortunately, doesn't have the option for blog responses.

    Some famous people who've had fear of flying include John Madden, Stanley Kubrick (yes! the "A Clockwork Orange" Kubrick!), Whoopi Goldberg, Kim Jong-Il, and Doris Day.

    You can read about Dr. Andrew Weil's Calming Breath right here. It's a technique that's really helped me in other panic-inducing situations. Look at Exercise 2: The 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise.

    Other measures to cope with a fear of flying:


    If worse came to worse, I might rely on some Dramamine or a prescribed mild tranquilizer your MD could write for the trip. Just give his office a call, letting them know enough in advance of your travels for you to get the medicine. Let us know how it turns out for you, and I hope you have a good trip. Susan
    1710 days ago
    Listening to music is a good idea. Maybe the Dramamine will make you sleepy.
    Sorry you are nervous about it - I love to fly!!! emoticon emoticon
    1710 days ago
    take some good music and something to read.
    Keep your focus on the things you control.
    enjoy your trip!
    1710 days ago
    Remember that car accidents have higher rates and fatalities.
    I know this may not make you feel better, but consider it a hurdle to get over and move on.

    Bless you, dear!
    1710 days ago
    Have a good flight and don't worry about anything. emoticon
    1710 days ago
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