After years of being on guard, keeping your distance, monitoring the threat of the unseen viral enemy and privileging life lived in secure surroundings, now this!
Your friends and colleagues are thrilled at the prospect of being sky high again.
For all the disruptions blown in with the demands of Covid 19 threats, the anxiety, uncertainty, living remotely, the need to fly was blissfully not an issue. Now it is, again.
After years of being safely grounded, a few shots and you’re good to go – takeoff looms…. Instead of being thrilled, you’re drenched in sweat – that all too familiar dread and apprehension, OMG, I’ve got to fly!
Some Coping Tips:
Step back into the present with a few long, slow quieting breaths, breathing out longer than you breathe in. Count each in and out breath.
Focus on what you can control rather than what you fear.
- The positive reasons / opportunities for your trip
- What you hope to accomplish, experience, whom you will meet, etc.
- Select your preferred seat early on, as well as your special meal
- Download: comedy shows, musicals, music, or documentaries that engage you.
- Speak to the pilot or the head flight attendant for reassurance.
Remember, change, particularly unexpected and unpredictable change, predictably generate uncertainty. These Covid 19 months upended your life in countless ways. You coped and learned to cope differently and with flexibility.
You are a more resilient and resourceful person than you were pre-Covid.
A few weeks before your flight, download the WakingUp.com app by Sam Harris (there is a 30 day free trial). Each 10 minute mindfulness segment will guide you, over 28 days, to a deep appreciation of how your mind works. It is remarkable and invaluable.
Consider booking in for a session or two with me.
I can teach you how to cope effectively using hypnosis, self-hypnosis, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) which are excellent tools for resolving fears and generating beneficial change.
You’ll be flying in plane comfort in no time.
Dr Melanie Bryan
Short Term-Therapy & Hypnosis w/ Long-term Results