Every year, a large number of people experience some level of anxiety during airline travel. It can make flying intimidating and inconvenient, but you shouldn’t allow it to keep you from flying altogether. At FLL Park Safe, we try to reduce stress related to worrying about the safety of your vehicle through our long-term airport parking service but would also like to try to give you strategies for addressing airplane anxiety.
Often, people who are anxious about flying on planes also have a relatively high baseline anxiety level. Taking efforts to reduce your baseline anxiety will help you to reduce your flying anxiety. One simple way to address this is to cut out all caffeine consumption 72 hours before your flight. Caffeine is a stimulant, and a stimulated brain is more likely to lead you down a path to anxiety.
Another great idea for lowering your baseline anxiety is having a meditation routine which will help to make it easier to put yourself in a relaxed, meditative state during a higher pressure situation such as being on a plane. Find a routine that works for you before you fly, so you can become used to it which will make it more likely to work for you during a flight.
Anxious people tend to be shallow breathers. When you take quick, shallow breaths, the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in your bloodstream become unbalanced which leads to the jittery feeling associated with anxiety. If you notice your breath becoming shorter and shorter, consciously change that by taking a deep breath in through your mouth to the count of four and exhaling through your nose to the count of six. Doing this multiple times will allow an influx of oxygen to reach your brain and will calm your body down.
Many people have a skewed impression of the dangers of flying due to the sensationalization of airplane tragedies by the news media. Making a big deal out of airplane-related drama sells newspapers and makes viewers tune-in to broadcasts, and it also gives you the impression that they are more common than they actually are. You may have heard the phrase, “The most dangerous part of flying is the drive to the airport” and that’s true. The chances of being involved in an airplane crash are absolutely astronomical: 1 in 11,000,000. You would have to take one flight every day for over 30,000 years to reach 11 million flights.
If the sounds of normal airplane travel cause you to be nervous, check out this video as it explains the function behind every noise that might make you think something sinister is happening when it’s actually something completely mundane.
Worrying about having a panic attack can actually make one more likely to happen. Instead of worrying, decide what you are going to do if you do have one. Maybe you’ll listen to a meditation exercise you’ve downloaded on your phone, or maybe you’ll practice your deep breathing exercises. The simple fact of having a prepared plan of action will help a lot if a panic attack hits you.
Panic attacks are scary and can make air travel much more stressful than it should be. Hopefully, one or more of these tips will help you on your next flight. Don’t let the security of your car cause you any more stress than you already have. Make sure to choose FLL Park Safe for all your long-term parking needs.