Let's Talk: First Time Flying

Sunday, 6 May 2018


Last month's trip to the Dam was my first ever flight so understandably, I was petrified. It's one of those things I've been picturing and imagining since I was young and for some reason I'd made it into a huge traumatising ordeal in my head. Ahhhh gotta love anxiety. Although I was really really nervous about the flight and needed to take a valium, I got on that plane and conquered it without a single panic attack. So I thought it might be helpful to give some advice for any of you who haven't been on a plane yet, because I know how daunting it can be. My flight was only an hour (I kept telling myself it was only an episode of criminal minds with adverts) so I'm definitely no expert and still don't have a lot of flying experience but I've recently been through the first time flying and know exactly what it's like. 

1) Know All The Details
I found that knowing every detail of the whole journey made the whole process more bearable. The times of the bus to the airport and the flight and arrivals. Where I'm meant to be when and what I'll be doing while waiting for the flight. The extra preparation will make you so much more confident about the flight because you're minimising other worries of being late or missing something.

2) Research
I literally spoke to everyone I knew about their experiences on planes just so I had a good idea of what it would be like. It gave me a good idea about what to expect during the airport security and checking in and the flight itself. It made me so much less apprehensive about the flight and really put my mind at rest.

3) Remember Headphones
If anything will get you through the take off noise and ear popping, its kanye west blasting in your ears. Or if you hate the yeezy, any loud songs will do. It's the best form of distraction in my eyes and will really calm you down if you're panicky.

4) The Calm App
I've given every avenue possible a try for my anxiety but one thing I love is those mindfulness apps that talk you through the panic. One that I downloaded and listened to on the bus on the way to the airport was the Calm app. I absolutely loved it and found it so comforting. There are loads of little exercises and audio clips to listen to which talk you through the anxiety and help you cope with it. I'd highly recommend it for anyone suffering with anxiety from day to day but it's especially good for the first flight.

5) Prep Prep Prep
Get all your documents together like your passport and boarding pass well beforehand so there's no rush or panic later on. Another thing that helped was organising the luggage and check-in malarky before we got to the airport because that way we were able to just go straight through at the airport with no fuss. 

Do you have any tips for flying?
Liv x

4 comments

  1. So proud of you for making it through your first flight without a panic attack! How was Dam? It’s very high on my travel wishlist, would love to go! My tips for flying are to wear comfy clothing and listen to your favourite playlist, just detach yourself from your situation and enter into your own little world of relaxation

    Fran | www.franciscarockey.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much!! Omg Amsterdam was insane, you really should go. I wanna go back so badly xx

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  2. Thank you so much for the helpful tips. My daughter wants me to travel with her to the Philippines. It's an 8 hour flight and I've never flown before. I suffer panic attacks often and am terrified at just the thought. I am going to give that Calm app a try xx

    Indie // In Search of the Holy Grail

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    1. No problem, hope the flight goes well for you! Yeah definitely give the app a try, it's amazing xx

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