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Anxiety over flight on Monday

Hey everyone, I've got a 13-hour flight to London Heathrow on Monday and I am terrified. I've been close to tears all day and I don't think I can muster up enough courage to face my fears. What should I do? I feel so tired out from the anxiety. 

Added by Yilyn Lim on August 10, 2013 at 1:52pm — 7 Comments

Finally booked my flight to the UK

After deliberating for weeks, I mustered up the courage to book myself on a 13-hour flight to UK on 12 Aug. Feeling terrified and elated at the same time. It's a small step but at least I am one step closer than I was a day ago. 

Please send me positive energy! I need it to face my fears.

Thank you.

Added by Yilyn Lim on July 15, 2013 at 5:10pm — 3 Comments

anxiety about long haul flight :(

Hi everyone! I really need some advice about my upcoming long haul flight to the UK from Singapore. I was meant to fly at the end of April, but because of work commitments and visa hiccups, I've been putting it off. It's also probably due to my anxiety about making this 13-hour journey that I've been putting it off. 

I'm supposed to leave at the end of July but just looking at flight schedules is a nerve-wrecking experience. My main worry is turbulence. Unfortunately many seasoned…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on July 9, 2013 at 6:24pm — 3 Comments

need advice about an upcoming long haul flight

Hi Everyone!

I'm flying to London from Singapore at the end of June and am wondering if I should fly direct or transit in the middle. If I fly direct, it's about 13.5 hours and to transit in middle is about 7 hours each way.

The thought of getting onto a plane for 14 hours is daunting and taking 2 7-hour flights, at least in my mind, is more manageable. The last flight I took was in December and it was about 5.5 hours. So I feel I can do this. 

Please let me know what…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on May 27, 2013 at 3:35pm — 6 Comments

completed 6 flights in 4 weeks!

Hi everyone, I just got back from Hong Kong last night. It was a good flight, the take off was a bit bumpy, because of weather conditions but the rest was smooth. Looking back, I would have to say the anticipation was the worst bit for me. Because 2 days prior to my HK flight, my flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong was bumpy for a while. That made me very anxious coming into the final flight home.

I avoided flying since 2006, but in the last 4 weeks, I've taken 6 flights! It's not easy,…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on December 18, 2012 at 2:51pm — 5 Comments

medium haul flight coming up in 2 days

Hi Everyone

I have an 8-hour flight coming up on Saturday. It's actually 2 x 4 hour flights with an hour transit in Hong Kong.

Even though I've been expecting this day for 6 weeks (since I booked my flight) and 6 years (since my last flight), I still feel anxious. I have been practising breathing exercises and will bring a whole bag of distractions with me onboard. 

I'm trying to remain calm and trying to use the information I've gained to normalise my fears but I have…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on December 6, 2012 at 5:20pm — 1 Comment

distraction tips during turbulence?

Hi everyone, I'm off to Tokyo, Japan, next Saturday. I'm very excited about this trip, Tokyo has been on my vacation wish-list for a long time :)

I was wondering if anyone has tips or advice on things to distract me or to help me focus if the flight encounters turbulence. I have listened to Captain Keith's CDs which do a great job of explaining turbulence and have read his book as well. Despite understanding why it happens, I do feel very anxious when it does. So, if anyone has great…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on December 2, 2012 at 4:50pm — 5 Comments

getting jittery, an 8-hour flight in 2 weeks :/

I'll be off to Japan 2 weeks from now. Since my last flight a week ago, my nerves have been getting the better of me. I'm feeling more nervous than my last flight. 

My upcoming flight will involve a one-hour transit in Hong Kong. I have this irrational fear that I will make the leg to Hong Kong but will refuse to board the connecting flight to Japan. 

I've been unfocused at work and just very jittery all around. The anxiety is so strong that I've lost my appetite :( I've even…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on November 27, 2012 at 11:56am — 7 Comments

flying in less than 24 hours

I'm flying off to Thailand in less than 24 hours. Actually I should be in Bangkok in 24 hours. 

I'm feeling extremely nervous and anxious right now. Half of me is afraid that I will just turn around at the airport, half of me wants to beat this fear. It's a struggle.

On top of everything else, I seem to have caught a bug. My stomach not's well, don't really have an appetite and I'm feeling light-headed and giddy. I do suffer from vertigo and am getting treatment at the moment.…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on November 17, 2012 at 3:41pm — 11 Comments

bound for bangkok in one week

I'll be taking my first flight in 6 years next weekend to Bangkok, Thailand. I'm feeling terribly anxious and unprepared at the moment. The last time I was supposed to board a plane, I actually got all the way to the airport, checked in but did not board the flight. 

I'll be practising visualisation techniques for the next few days and I'll also make a trip to the airport, to familiarise myself with the surroundings, take note of where the check in counters are, etc.

The trip…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on November 10, 2012 at 1:37pm — 5 Comments

"A day in the life of..."

Hi everyone! In preparation of my upcoming trip, I've been trying to find out more about the airline I'm flying with and came across their YouTube channel. I'm flying with Cathay Pacific Airlines soon, and not that I am endorsing this airline or anything like that, I just wanted to share their YouTube channel with you. 

They have 2 short videos titled, "A day in the life of..." and follows a pilot and flight attendant as they get ready for a flight. Through these videos, I learnt that…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on November 3, 2012 at 3:41pm — 1 Comment

Scary stories-what should I do about them?

I was having lunch with 2 colleagues today and they were asking me which part of flying do I find most frightening. So I mentioned turbulence. I said while it makes me anxious, I know it's not dangerous and lasts a relatively short period of time. 

One colleague said that sometimes planes will "drop" suddenly so we should keep our safety belt on at all times. Though she did end by saying that cabin crew face the most danger because of the nature of their work, they can't be strapped…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on October 30, 2012 at 2:06pm — 2 Comments

Bound for Tokyo in December!

I've just booked my first flight in 6 years to Tokyo. The flight time is about 8 hours and involves one 1-hour stopover in Hong Kong. It's been so long since I booked a flight that the whole experience felt surreal. I'm feeling happy and excited at the moment. This is just the first step though. 

I'll probably book another short flight before the December trip. Probably a 2-hour flight to Thailand from where I live. To give myself an incentive, I was thinking of splurging on a…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on October 23, 2012 at 3:58pm — 2 Comments

A leap of faith

After years of dodging flying, I've got to take a one hour flight in the middle of next month for a family gathering. It's only a one-hour flight and it does seem silly to be frightened of it. It doesn't compare to the long 14-hour flight that I have to take next year. 

I feel anxious and excited at the same time. Anxious about stepping inside an aircraft again but excited that taking this flight is the first step I am taking towards overcoming my fears. I'll probably by posting more…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on October 21, 2012 at 5:39pm — 2 Comments

The great big move

Hi everyone! I'm Lyn and I live in Asia. It's challenging living in Asia and being a nervous flier, options like ground courses are not available to me. While I've always been a slightly nervous flier, but I've managed to travel to wonderful places like across Asia, Australia and the US. 

However, after having a panic attack on my last flight, I haven't set foot on a plane for 6 years. I tell myself that it's alright and my life is fulfilling enough, despite not being able to travel.…

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Added by Yilyn Lim on October 15, 2012 at 5:10pm — 2 Comments

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