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I DID IT!!!!!
Yes me the castrophiser, The prescription drug taker that used to take so many that it knocked me out, that cried all the way to the airport until i got off at the other end, that used to have sleepless nights and nightmares before my flight , that even split up with my husband so I could get out of flying !
But yesterday i came back from holiday, and I didnt take any medication, I didnt cry , and I didn't have a drink (well maybe one just to celebrate). I even videoed the landing because we were in a holding pattern for a few minutes, and get this maybe just a tiny little bit i enjoyed it!!
Let me tell you it wasn't easy. I had to fight my feelings all the time, and it was very exhausting, but the feeling I have right now is just cloud 9.
I completely lost it at the gate when i saw the plane (it didnt help that we tried to board the wrong plane first lol) I was screaming at my husband to give me my tablets, and he wouldn't, so i could of easily have done him some damage, then I deciced that I was leaving and going home, but I took a few minutes to myself and did some breathing excercises and started to calm down. We boarded the flight, and I started panicking again. Did some more breathing exercices and we were off. Because I had done the course I knew what was happening like the noise because of the landing gear (the wind dragging and making loads of noise ) the bing from the pilot to say the cabin crew could get up, then i was fine everything that i had worked at and learned made a massive diffrence to my rational thoughts
The other thing was that captin keith was flying my plane , well that was what my brain was telling me anyway.
thease are a few tips that helped me massively
1 watch the videos on this website until you are sick of watching them
2 read the books over and over again
3 practice the breathing excrecises because when I was in my state of panic I wouldnt have been able to count with my breathing and because I had practiced, it became natural, and i just did it
4 go on the fear of flying course. I had to travel 5 hours there & 5 hours back, and I have 3 children so no excuses.
5 Sit next to the window , i have never done that before and it helped because I could see what was happening through the window , where as if you sit in the middle you don't know why you are feeling your stomach going up and down
6 tighten your belt snuggle down in you seat look out of your window and look at how beautiful the view is
I would like to thank Keith, Vivian, and the people who were on the course with me. All your comments were very helpful, and i wouldnt have done it if it wasnt for your support!
I will probably speak to you all soon when I do my long haul flight :)
First of all congratulations! Secondly, thank you Karen, your words are very encouraging. You know sometimes when you just feel that you cant do the next step and actually take a flight really really frightens you! There are times that i wonder if i will ever be able to get on a plane again. Your words gave me courage! I just need to do the next step and take a flight!
How long did it take you to take a flight?
I have a question, what pills were you taking that knocked you out on your previous flights?