Hello everyone. I suppose I am the newbie on this block. It is great to find such a resource.
Ironically I used to love flying as a boy. Now my job entails flying to exotic destinations. Lucky me! But yeah, I am also fearful. Have to fly to Uganda from New York on Saturday. Forecast calls for nasty rain and wind in NY on Saturday and yeah, I am quite nervous.
Intellectually I know there is nothing to be nervous about. Planes fly in weather like this all the time. To the pilots it is no more than my subway ride every morning to work. Maybe uncomfortable, don't spill the coffee - but that is it. But intellect is no match for my fight of flight response. The only thing I *should* be worrying about is making my connection - but well, I am already envisioning the turbulence out of JFK, which who knows might not be bad, but I am envisioning not only the turbulence, but the feeling of being out of control in front of 300 other people.
I do fly but stress about it before every flight. Tried a few courses, some of which were helpful, and a self- hypnosis course which wasn't - I felt a bit self conscious and even giggly when trying it. I think I'll try this course, but of course, it is Wednesday and my flight is Saturday - but the e-book and audio course (digital download) is convenient.
Last time I flew I wasn't too bad, but then again the weather was fine for all the flights. Perhaps that gave me a bit of hubris.
Like a lot of things the anticiptaroy anxiety beforehand is sometimes worse than the actual flight.
So sorry if this is long and rambling. If any graduates who have been doing well, and thought that they were "cured" got nervous before a flight when the weather wasn't fine, and had coping strategies, would love to hear it.