I'm due to fly from UK to Thailand on Tuesday, and am beginning to get really anxious about the long haul flight, the only flight I've ever previously been on, was only 45 minutes, and the closer the time gets the worse my anxiety is becoming, does anyone have any tips on how to get through the long haul flight? I suffer panic attacks when on a train journey that only lasts 45 minutes, and really not sure how I'd manage it on board the plane if I were to have a panic attack, I'm… read more
@A MyDepressionTeam Member. I used to be terrified if flying. But 5 years ago I flew to Australia, via London and Singapore, on my own. The good thing about long haul flights is they have a number of ways to distract you. There are films, music, games so plenty to keep you occupied. If you have an ipod or something similar, why don't you make yourself a play list of the stuff that makes you happy and play that. I hope you have a wonderful time in Thailand. 😎
I've only been on a plane twice. I hated it. I get claustrophobic and anxious. The key to getting through flights is distraction. I had my music, my nintendo DS, and my sketchbook nearby. If you're focused on a game or just doodling, you will be less anxious. And if all else fails, just try to get some sleep.
Take a few things on board to keep you occupied, like a book or Ipod, talk to the staff if there's any problems, looking after passengers is part of their job. Assuming you can take them, something like a packet of boiled sweets might help you keep calm.Good luck and enjoy your holidays.
So many good ideas!! Wow!! I have ing been on a plan one time and only for a few hrs to Cancun, Mexico from MN, USA... I loved it and had a window seat.. I wasn't worried or scared..(except some butterflies in my tummy!) ... I think I was more excited to be going to Cancun!! LOL. I think if you just listen to all your friends here, take all this awesome advice. You will be ok. Sounds like your heading towards a grand time..so keep your mind in the big picture!! Have a great time!! I'm so proud of you for doing this huge thing... You got this!! Don't let the anxiety hold you done!!!
MUCH RESPECT to you!! ❤❤
As you know distraction is the main way to cope plus talking to staff. There is a lot of good advice here! Usually on a long haul flight you will have your own screen which will have loads of films, games & music to choose from. You may find you doze off ! If you have a favourite relaxation recording take it with you. I think once you have checked in, gone through security & taken off your anxiety levels will graduadually decrease. You are with family & I am sure they will support you too.Good luck! Hope everything goes well for you.