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 from where I am to Bangkok, will take 2 hrs 25 mins. I paid extra for legroom so I hope that will help with the feelings of claustaphobia. 

I've been seeing a psychologist for 3 years but I still feel unprepared. Does anyone have any tips on what I should do over the next 7 days? Any advice would be appreciated :) 

Thank you for reading. 

Cheers, Lyn 

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Comment by Captain Keith on November 14, 2012 at 2:22pm

Well done everyone   I don't need to add anything

Keith

Comment by Yilyn Lim on November 13, 2012 at 3:06pm

Hi Sarah

Thanks for the tips on thinking positively about the rain. It really helped to re-frame my thoughts. Over the next few days, I'll be working on the thought-stopping techniques that Captain Keith talked about on his audio course. 

Thanks again for replying me :) It means a lot to me to know that I am not alone or that I am foolish for having a fear of flying. 

Best, Yi Lyn 

Comment by Sarah on November 13, 2012 at 10:42am

Hi Lyn


I don't think rain affects a plane any more than it affects a car, it just means the plane might land a bit more firmly so that the wheels grip the runway quicker. Also, I'd say there are a couple of positives to flying when it's raining. The first is that if the clouds are quite low, you enter them quite quickly and then can't really tell when the plane is turning as it's climbing. The second is that you leave a grey. rainy place, climb through the clouds and suddenly it's lovely and sunny.

But yeah, there might be turbulence. Now's the time to decide what you'll do if there is. Breathing? Listening to music? I like looking at the water in my bottle and seeing how little it's moving. Have you seen the turbulence video on here?

All the best,

Sarah

Comment by Yilyn Lim on November 13, 2012 at 10:23am

Hi Sarah

Thanks so much for the advice :) I'm flying in 5 days and feeling anxious at the moment. It's been raining every day here and I'm stressed that my flight will encounter a lot of turbulence. 

I read about your recent flight and am so encouraged by your bravery. 

Have a good week ahead!

Best, Lyn

Comment by Sarah on November 12, 2012 at 9:01pm

Hi Lyn.

You're not unprepared - you've been seeing a psychologist and you've been around this site for a while. That makes you more prepared than most, you're already ahead!

For other advice... erm...

When you go to the airport to see what it's all like, spend some time watching planes taking off and landing. That really helps me because after a while, it all starts to look very routine and normal and you can tell yourself that your flight is going to be exactly the same as all those.

This week, get yourself into a good sleep pattern so that on the day, you're as rested as you can be (having flown today after only 4 hours sleep, I can totally recommend the benefits of this.)

Practise slow breathing so you can do it more easily when you get nervous.

Talk to people about what you're thinking/feeling.

Don't read ANY news stories about anything connected with aviation.

Expect to feel scared and have a plan for how to deal with it.

And all the best. I really, really hope everything goes okay. Let us know!

Sarah

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