5 Natural Ways to Curb Anxiety When Flying

by Benjamin Kerns

Mar 12, 2018

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Flying is the primary source of anxiety for many travelers. Here are five non-medicinal ways of helping to curb your anxiety next time you take to the skies.

Exercise

Physical activity releases serotonin, endorphins and dopamine into your body. All of these natural chemicals work to help relax you and improve your mood. Exercising can also wear you out so you’re more likely to sleep on the plane.

Avoid Alcohol and Coffee

Skip the cup of coffee and steer clear of the airport bar. Alcohol and coffee will increase energy levels and disrupt your body’s natural rhythm. Instead, stick to water so as not to muck up your sleep.

Meditation

Mediation is proven to help your mind focus and your body relax. Engage in regular practice and you can control your overall health. Try some deep breathing and meditation techniques in your seat if you feel anxiety creeping in during your flight.

Over Energy Correction

Therapists often recommend this technique to patients who experience anxiety on a regular basis. Cross your left ankle over your right, extend your hands with the backs facing each other and bring the right hand over the left and clasp your fingers. Then, bring your hands to your chest, rest your tongue on the roof of your mouth and breathe deeply for two minutes.

Desensitization

The best way to conquer any fear is to face it head on. Rather than shy away from flying, use planes to take as many trips as you can. Over time you’ll adjust to the sensations of being in the air and they’ll no longer cause a panic attack when you go to take off.

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