How to fight plane anxiety + what to wear to be comfy

Hello Everybody,

What is up? The Sun is out and I’m so incredibly happy. The countdown until magical springtime has officially started and I’m already working on some really interesting projects that’ll take my presence on social media to the next level…but it’s a secret for now so stay tuned. 🙂

Today I’d like to cover a topic that’s really close to my heart because as you all know, I love to travel. I still to this day can’t wrap my brain around the fact that we can be on a different continent in the matter of hours. Something that a couple hundred years ago took months or years even, became the part of everyday routine and it’s something that changed our world for the better: flying brought so many different cultures and people together. Visiting a different country is one of the best ways to develop empathy towards others, to become immune to racism and be an open-minded world citizen. My ever growing passion for travelling comes from a really intense childhood experience thanks to the movie called ‘Love Actually’ which I’m sure most of you know quite well. The first scene of the movie takes place at a busy airport and captures people greeting each other, waiting for a loved one and finally hugging them close. I was mesmerised by the crowd that looked so colourful but still melted into a beautiful whole that is humanity bound together by love. From that day forward every second I spent on a railway station, an airport or bus station was like meeting with Santa. The expectation of something great and the possibility of discovering new things puts butterflies in my stomach. I became addicted to this sensation and travelling became an essential component of my existence. I’m incredibly lucky to have both the physical and financial ability to invest into my well-being through discovering new places and returning to those that got close to my heart in one way or another.

I love flying. My favourite time to do it are the hours of early morning when the Sun comes up soon after takeoff. The lights are most peaceful above the clouds that’s for sure. It’s like getting a glimpse of heaven. On the other hand, the fact that you’re sitting in a closed up tube, way up there, moving at an incredibly high speed is not the safest feeling. There’s so many horrible examples of something going wrong on an airplane causing fatal accidents not to mention how much leaner survival rates are compared to a car crash for example. The other thing that demands strong determination is that you basically let another person and fate take control over your life by driving a flying vehicle. Most of the passengers don’t have the slightest idea about managing an airplane and we’re not even allowed in the cockpit due to security reasons, so the only thing we can do is to trust the pilot and the cabin crew unconditionally. I know I sound dramatic but I’m the kind of person who pictures every single possibility of crashing before getting on board. For a long time I couldn’t help myself but I consciously wanted to change my mindset on this matter because it freaked me out way too much. If the behaviour described above suits you, read on because I’d like to help you calm down and enjoy every minute on the plane. 🙂

  1. Wear something comfortable. If you’re stressing out, the last thing you need is something tight around your body that prevents you to breath properly and move freely. If your journey is not a business trip or if you have time to change after landing do yourself a favour and wear your most comfortable outfit. Keep in mind that at security check you’ll have to remove your coat, belt, sometimes even your shoes so try to put on slip ons  and pieces that are easily removable.IMG_5087
  2. Try to think of flying as the most normal thing on Earth. Picture all the planes on the sky, full of busy businessmen, women, babies and couples on the way to their next destination. Think of the things you’d miss out on if fear won the battle in your mind. Visiting flightradar24 makes it easy to see how full our beautiful sky is with airplanes and personally, it helped me immensely to change my thinking. It’s basically an online radar system through which you can follow every flight and see where they are in the world, where they’re coming from and where they’re heading.
  3. Turbulence is OKAY. Just because you feel the plane shake or the pilot turns on the “fasten your seat belts” sign you don’t have to panic and be ready to die. Try to think of the potholes and other annoying damages on the road. It’s the same feeling and neither is more dangerous that the other.
  4. Drink a lot of water. The air they’re using in the plane tends to make your skin dry so hydration is key. I also find it soothing when a gulp of water cools down my body and helps to release stress.
  5. Distract your attention. Read a book, listen to a podcast or get some work done. One thing I like about overseas flights that the movie selection is huge. Time flies with a great movie. Make yourself pay attention to something more materialistic than your scary thoughts by making your time on the plane a time of productivity.
  6. Eating is optional. Don’t eat if you’re not feeling hungry. Definitely don’t start stress-eating because it can seriously mess up your metabolism and you also have to be prepared for turbulence that can totally upset your stomach so especially on short flights, I suggest keeping it light and sticking with water.
  7. Pray. I’m religious and I always have my prayer book with me wherever I go. I believe in God’s will and I also believe that I have some really cool guardian angels that I freak out sometimes. 🙂 Praying is just something that calms me down, something that I learned from my Mom. She used to tell me prayers before bed when I was little and it became a natural relaxation method that stuck with me overtime and I’m so thankful for my precious Mommy for giving me this power.

I really hope you’ll find these these tips helpful. Make your next trip a stress-free one and remember: don’t be a tourist, be a traveler! IMG_5161

Love and hugs,

fatimapanka

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