Long Haul Flight Tips?

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Found 8th Jan 2011
Im going on a 7 hour flight and i usually get anxious while flying and was hoping some members may have some tips about what works well for relaxation.

Maybe meds, music or other tips..

Thanks

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i get anxious too but found the flight to USA brilliant..more room and entertainment so it flew by lol
i had one flight i was dreading and had a sore back so took strong painkillers with codeine and was singing almost before takeoff-it was the shortest flight ever!

well, I'd drop a couple of bombs of mdma - all will be warm and fuzzy.
Edited by: "dt_matthews" 8th Jan 2011

i put on my noise cancelling headphones as i'm not the most comfortable in planes.... i take a couple of drinks prior to the flight and then i take a sleeping tablet, wooo hooooo

Is it just the flying or the confined space as well?

Your gp should give you something to help, sleeping tablet etc - sleep through it

Take a good book to read, a puzzle book as well, watch a film, listen to some music. Take things slow & easy - don't try reading the book all at once, for example. Also, don't be afraid to get up & walk around every so often.

i just got back from thailand - I asked the doctor over there for something for the flight and he gave me some valium 1mg - i took 3 after my in flight meal and after i fell asleep and woke up when everybody was getting their stuff from the overhead lockers after we had landed.

go ask your doctor for some valium or xanex for anxiety

patience_1

Your gp should give you something to help, sleeping tablet etc - sleep … Your gp should give you something to help, sleeping tablet etc - sleep through it



No. Why does a GP / nurse need to prescribe a medication for a non illness? Occasionally can prescribe very small amt of Valium but only in exceptional circumstances.

As we all know, rules are different abroad.........you can buy many things over the counter abroad that can only be issued on prescription here ( i.e. cannot be bought over the counter in UK).

There are many other things to try before resorting to medication, as suggesed here.


Edited by: "iglimpse" 8th Jan 2011

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Thanks for all the responses.

To be honest it's just anxiety from being in a confined space for a long period of time.
I've got some rescue remedy (not sure if it will help) and apparently 'lavender oil' also helps to breath in the smell now and again?

I could try a sleeping tablet also but can't get anything prescribed as am going Monday morning.

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Good luck with your flight...oh and wear flight socks to prevent deep vein thrombosis

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MusicalMan

To be honest it's just anxiety from being in a confined space for a long … To be honest it's just anxiety from being in a confined space for a long period of time.



ohh sorry

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lumoruk

ohh sorry



You joke - one of my uni rooms wasnt a lot bigger than that. :-o

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lumoruk

Good luck with your flight...oh and wear flight socks to prevent deep … Good luck with your flight...oh and wear flight socks to prevent deep vein thrombosis



So it's not hard for me to see pictures or even videos of plane crashes. But the fact that you went out of your way to find an image and post it worries me more and what kind of life you have ahead of you. I suggest you find help pal.

I can totally empathise with you, MM. I used to have an absolutely crippling fear of flying. Here though are the four things that I came to realise that helped me get over it:

1) Turbulence is nasty stuff. It's broken backs, banged heads hard enough to cause concussions, and given people all sorts of injuries associated with being thrown around a tin can at high speed. But, think of it this way - if turbulence can be bad enough to break an unrestrained passenger's back, how resilient does that make the plane? Good news dude, that **** isn't coming down from turbulence, no matter how bad it is. If it gets rocky, just enjoy the ride.

2) So what can bring it down? Terrorism's the obvious fear. Okay, it could happen, but what are the odds? How many planes have been taken down by terrorists in the West in the past decade? Four, plus the unsucessful attempt of Richard Reid. It's a possibility, but the chances of your plane being the next one to go down are 1 in a million.

3) Mechanical failure is a possibility, but the likelihood again is really, really low. These guys don't get ok'd to go unless everything passes okay, and unless the captain's happy to go. No-one along the line wants to lose their job or their life. How many planes have come down worldwide in the past decade from mechanical failure? 20 at the most, I'd wager. They do tend to get reported, regardless of what obscure corner of the globe they come down. 20 out of how many squllion flights? You're going to be totally fine up there.

4) Everyone that works on a plane works on a plane as part of their daily routine. They're 100% comfortable with it, and they're the ones with the sort of intimate knowledge with the things that they would know if it'd be an idea to not work on them. If they're going to risk their lives every day, the risk must be absolutely miniscule.

So, don't worry yourself about problems, ignore the nightmares (I used to get the same plane nightmare relatively often, such was my fear), and just go for it. You will be fine, really.

Although do go with a friend. I was on the verge of a panic attack when mine went for a pish, and I probably wouldn't have made it onto the plane if not for the fact that he would've never let me forget it if I wussed out. And good luck, dude.

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MusicalMan

I suggest you find help pal.



no I suggest you find help getting worried about being squashed into a tin can X)

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dxx

I can totally empathise with you, MM. I used to have an absolutely … I can totally empathise with you, MM. I used to have an absolutely crippling fear of flying. Here though are the four things that I came to realise that helped me get over it:1) Turbulence is nasty stuff. It's broken backs, banged heads hard enough to cause concussions, and given people all sorts of injuries associated with being thrown around a tin can at high speed. But, think of it this way - if turbulence can be bad enough to break an unrestrained passenger's back, how resilient does that make the plane? Good news dude, that **** isn't coming down from turbulence, no matter how bad it is. If it gets rocky, just enjoy the ride.2) So what can bring it down? Terrorism's the obvious fear. Okay, it could happen, but what are the odds? How many planes have been taken down by terrorists in the West in the past decade? Four, plus the unsucessful attempt of Richard Reid. It's a possibility, but the chances of your plane being the next one to go down are 1 in a million. 3) Mechanical failure is a possibility, but the likelihood again is really, really low. These guys don't get ok'd to go unless everything passes okay, and unless the captain's happy to go. No-one along the line wants to lose their job or their life. How many planes have come down worldwide in the past decade from mechanical failure? 20 at the most, I'd wager. They do tend to get reported, regardless of what obscure corner of the globe they come down. 20 out of how many squllion flights? You're going to be totally fine up there.4) Everyone that works on a plane works on a plane as part of their daily routine. They're 100% comfortable with it, and they're the ones with the sort of intimate knowledge with the things that they would know if it'd be an idea to not work on them. If they're going to risk their lives every day, the risk must be absolutely miniscule. So, don't worry yourself about problems, ignore the nightmares (I used to get the same plane nightmare relatively often, such was my fear), and just go for it. You will be fine, really.Although do go with a friend. I was on the verge of a panic attack when mine went for a pish, and I probably wouldn't have made it onto the plane if not for the fact that he would've never let me forget it if I wussed out. And good luck, dude.



Thanks for the effort of writing this. Really helpful stuff and very much appreciated. Glad to hear you have overcome your fear.

Molton Brown pulse point balm, you can pick it up cheap-ish on eBay as they come in the BA business class amenity washbags so they come up fairy frequently.
It's lovely, the yuan zhi scent, relaxing and just very nice.

dont worry, the flight wont last 7 hours once terrorists have taken over, killed a few passengers and ploughed straight into a building

MusicalMan

Thanks for the effort of writing this. Really helpful stuff and very much … Thanks for the effort of writing this. Really helpful stuff and very much appreciated. Glad to hear you have overcome your fear.



No problem

Plus tell them that you are nervous flier, they will be extra nice to you.
Take some hard boiled sweets to suck on take off and landing to help with the ear popping.
It's safe on board, just remember on the way there what a super holiday you have ahead of you and on the way back think of all the great times you have had, it will be worth the stress of the flight.
Best to take a magazine for take off and landing - you cant use your headphones or electronic games consoles, I find that the short info and pictures of magazines easier to read/look at rather than a book which you have to invest more effort and thinking power to! There will be noise and funny bumps (all normal) so a crappy magazine is just perfect to take your mind off it. Then read a good book to ease boredom, or watch a film onboard.

Turbulence is nasty stuff.


Which is why you should always keep your belt done up, even if only loosely.

Long haul flying is a little boring but check out inflight entertainment before hand and maybe buy a DS to take your mind off things, to be honest most big airlines have games, music and films on board.
I did a spell as cabin crew and in my down time worked as a taxi driver. When I applied for life insurance I could'nt get it as being a taxi driver was too risky! You can't argue with statistics. Trudi x

If it is seriously bad, go to your GP. My mum has been prescribed tranquillizers before...

Listen to music or watch the little TV and the time flies bye.

I'm not the greatest of fliers but I only have issue with taking off and landing as I know that is where the majority of problems occur.

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I think you'll find that anxiety is an illness love.

iglimpse

No. Why does a GP / nurse need to prescribe a medication for a non … No. Why does a GP / nurse need to prescribe a medication for a non illness? Occasionally can prescribe very small amt of Valium but only in exceptional circumstances.As we all know, rules are different abroad.........you can buy many things over the counter abroad that can only be issued on prescription here ( i.e. cannot be bought over the counter in UK). There are many other things to try before resorting to medication, as suggesed here.

lewt

I think you'll find that anxiety is an illness love.




OMG you are right. There are many people who have such severe crippling anxiety episodes that they find it really difficult to function on a daily basis without some form of treatment, or support.

But that is not what this thread is about. It was asking advice on how to cope with a long haul flight. Some people suggested medication. I gave my opinion because I happen to disagree that the quick fix of medication is often seen as the easy answer.

The only way is to get as full as a rocket as you can.



P.S. Just have some self control and when you feel like youre going to commit air crime ask for some water and a pillow.
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