All of a sudden I noticed that once in a while when I would fly, I would feel a little anxious. Usually this I am so hesitant to try prescription drugs like Xanax, but I'm starting to fear it may be my only option if I want to continue flying. Alternatively some airports offer "Fear of Flying" courses which may help??.
I would certainly do it in your situation as you want to be able to fly and not be catatonic.
When its smooth, i forget I'm on the plane but I had a bad experience with turbulence a few years ago but still managed to travel several times a year.
Dramamine does nothing for you as far as anti-anxiety (other than putting you to sleep possibly!) - if you are experiencing the kinds of things you have described here, I'd talk to your General Physician about it. There are many medications that work successfully for people who have these issues when flying.
In addition, use of anti-anxiety medication has been shown by research at the Stanford University School of Medicine to cause two additional problems:
I loved flying, loved airports, loved traveling (I've been overseas before).
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In the future we might well be using this, a “Transport Vehicle Upright Sleep Support System” which Boeing has patented.
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I'm loath to take any sort of medication, but are there any sort of natural remedies to combat this fear? Lotions or You mention you'd like to avoid taking medication to calm your in-flight jitters. Before I get to natural anxiety-taming remedies, I'll share with you some things I do before and during a flight.
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Once, the night before a flight, I made the mistake of watching a Nicolas Cage film called “The Knowing” that involves a horrifyingly realistic plane crash scene. Other suggestions that I swear by that don’t involve popping a pill: Practice deep breathing, tense your muscles, think positive (although my overactive imagination sometimes overrules), eat healthy snacks, avoid alcohol (the calming effect of booze works for some but makes things worse for me), and for the love of God, don’t check online turbulence trackers or watch certain movies before boarding.
"Our cabin crew will immediay approach customers who they are aware have a fear of flying to offer assistance and reassurance." Should a fearful person drink alcohol to quell their fears? Drinking alcohol, much like anxiety medication, will give you a false sense of confidence. Whilst you might be.
It's not a new phobia, aviophobia, but a fear of flying can take over lives meaning holidays and business trips abroad are out of the question.
On board some staff have been trained to assist those with anxiety, but this isn’t standard procedure for all airlines. Airlines are generally limited in what they can offer their customers, the responsibility lies with the traveller. You may be offered an alcoholic drink or a bag to breathe into if your anxiety is high, but this isn’t recommended.
As well as CBT, many people find some self-help material helpful and there are many books available that help explain both anxiety and the physics of flying.
Whilst you might be distracted in the short term, it’s likely to wear off and you can end up feeling more anxious.
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To create the illusion of control, some people believe that their actions -- listening for odd noises, noting the slightest dip, or even staying motionless in their seats -- could actually save the plane. And "the underlying fear in all of these anxieties is loss of control," he says. Some people are claustrophobic or afraid of being far from home. Forgione says the most common fear is not crashing, but becoming hysterical and humiliating yourself in flight.
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Forgione adds that medicine can be a helpful tool.