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I've got tips for you. you've done this before and you know about all these 'demons' that appear. You also know that when you actually get on and do it , that things are never quite as bad as you think.
So be courageous, like you have been in the past. You don't need the rituals ... you only think you do.
if what you say is true ... why did I manage to fly safely for all those years without having any?
But what about something in between ... settle for one or two rituals that you can do?
off on that holiday and enjoy it ... give me a ring 01420 588 628. It'll be good to hear from you again anyway. Do you remember the last time you called me? You've come a long way since then.
Firstly, congratulations on being a mum of two. Secondly, surely childbirth and having 2 children is scarier than getting back in plane!!!
Although I haven't got children I can understand why you are tense about the children seeing your anxiety, but I can only imagine that protecting your children from something you are afraid of is the natural reaction of any good parent.
Try and focus on the good things, your first family holiday, being able to look back at the photos as the children grow earlier, the good times you've had when you have flown, That photo on your profile of you smiling on the plane! When you think back to the flight we did for the DVD is it happy memories? It certainly is for me, it was a life changing day for me.
I know what you mean about the rituals, one of mine was too always get booked seats and sit near the front or pay extra on the budget airlines so you could have priority boarding. On my last flight to Austria this wasn't available so we just got what ever seats we were allocated at check in. But in all honesty it didn't bother me, on the return home I even forgot about the whole seat thing until we were getting onto the plane and we were in the 3 rd row from the back!
I've now realised I quite like sitting in the back, you can have a good nose at what's going on and you get served your coffee quicker!
Take care and keep in touch!!
That was a bit of a waffle!
I think a few years ago I would have freaked a bit had I not been able to pre-book my seats and in all honesty I wouldn't have booked a flight where it wasn't an option to pre-book seats or get priority boarding but I am really getting to grips with the flights now I rarely get more nervous than a 3/10 ! ( can you believe it?). As I mentioned I actually quiet enjoyed being at the back of the plane, I'd never been passed the middle before so it was a whole different view, I rarely look out the window other than landing or take off. I've still only done European flights though, about 2.5 hours is the longest but for now I'm happy!
Keep focusing on the positive things!