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    scared of flying! help!!

    hellooo!
    i'm off on holiday a week on wednesday (YAY!!!) but i'm terrified of flying. last time i was at an airport waiting to get on a plane i had a panic attack (not fun!)
    just wondered if anyone had any tips on how to stay calm!
    thanks for any replies

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    Use anything to distract yourself. Reading/music/talking to someone/perving on men/counting clouds.

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    angelfairee;8870700

    Use anything to distract yourself. Reading/music/talking to … Use anything to distract yourself. Reading/music/talking to someone/[SIZE="4"]perving on men[/SIZE]/counting clouds.



    :giggle: :w00t:

    Hey BA, here have a glass of milk...:)

    Banned

    just chill, relax, take your mp3 player, and think of it as just a bus ride, it really just feels the same
    its just the waiting that is stressing you out

    go have a drink in the lounge, buy a book in the book store

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    Mellow Yellow;8870709

    Booze, lots and lots of booze.



    smart plan :thumbsup:
    the only problem is my flight is at 9 in the morning, lol, so a little early for drinking!!

    missp27;8870708

    :giggle: :w00t:



    What?!

    That's the best distraction around!

    Goto your doctors, let him/her know how you are feeling and he will give you a beta blocker or something like that and it will keep you as calm as a daisey.

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    angelfairee;8870719

    What?!That's the best distraction around!



    haha!

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    581d;8870720

    Goto your doctors, let him/her know how you are feeling and he will give … Goto your doctors, let him/her know how you are feeling and he will give you a beta blocker or something like that and it will keep you as calm as a daisey.



    eek that sounds a little scary!

    Have a few beers at the the airport. The rule is once your luggage is checked in your on holiday.:thumbsup:


    Ps Yes I want pics.:-D

    Can your doctor give you a one-off stress-buster prescription?
    Otherwise, go in plenty of time to the airport so you don't get stressed on the way, then have things to do at the airport like shopping, magazines, books, puzzle book (gets your mind thinking about answers not flying), music etc.
    Then get to the boarding gate in plenty of time, see that the other people are excited and remember at the end of the flight you are on holiday, and probably with family and friends, if you are flying with them then hold their hand for reassurance and do the previously mentioned things to keep your mind active.
    Remember that a bit of bumps and turbulence are completely normal and that there are always noises from the engines and bits moving so it's nothing to worry about when you hear odd noises.
    When you check in maybe ask not to be near the engines as they can be noisy and unsettling for nervous fliers.
    I hope that you have an amazing holiday.

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    it all started with a flight home from egypt. when we got on the plane in sharm the engines wouldn't start because they'd overheated (was august so VERY hot!) it took them a good couple of hours to cool the engines and while they were doing that we weren't allowed off the plane which was getting hotter and hotter, no engines = no aircon!
    people were starting to panic because of the heat and a girl sat across the aisle from me started fitting and there were lots of shouts of "is there a doctor on the plane!" and people filming with video cameras how upset and panicy people were getting.
    ever since then i've been scared stiff and can't explain it as i know it's not likely to happen again.

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8870737

    Have a few beers at the the airport. The rule is once your luggage is … Have a few beers at the the airport. The rule is once your luggage is checked in your on holiday.:thumbsup:Ps Yes I want pics.:-D



    Mmmmmm beer!
    i'm going to take sooooo many pictures!! :thumbsup:
    really really excited. just not looking forward to the journey there!

    missp27;8870732

    eek that sounds a little scary!



    I'm exactly like you, I hate flying. I'm fine when I'm up there but hate the take off and landing. The turbulence makes my heart race.

    I went to the docs, explained I was a nervous wreck and he gave me a beta-blocker for it, I cant remember its exact name now.

    It's weird how it works. You still know of your fears, but you just dont care lol. It's very mellow, no adrenaline is realeased into your body so the fear, and anxiety doesnt take hold.

    I would recommend it.

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    sickly sweet;8870739

    Can your doctor give you a one-off stress-buster prescription? Otherwise, … Can your doctor give you a one-off stress-buster prescription? Otherwise, go in plenty of time to the airport so you don't get stressed on the way, then have things to do at the airport like shopping, magazines, books, puzzle book (gets your mind thinking about answers not flying), music etc.Then get to the boarding gate in plenty of time, see that the other people are excited and remember at the end of the flight you are on holiday, and probably with family and friends, if you are flying with them then hold their hand for reassurance and do the previously mentioned things to keep your mind active.Remember that a bit of bumps and turbulence are completely normal and that there are always noises from the engines and bits moving so it's nothing to worry about when you hear odd noises.When you check in maybe ask not to be near the engines as they can be noisy and unsettling for nervous fliers.I hope that you have an amazing holiday.


    thank you
    i don't like the sound of the odd noises though! :?

    More likely to die on the journey to the airport. If you're really unlucky you'll become part of a TV series that relies on flashing back/forward to generate narrative :thumbsup:

    In all fairness though, it's a pretty unnatural experience so I sympathise.

    missp27;8870759

    Mmmmmm beer! :)i'm going to take sooooo many pictures!! :thumbsup:really … Mmmmmm beer! :)i'm going to take sooooo many pictures!! :thumbsup:really really excited. just not looking forward to the journey there!



    No the pics were for now to keep me amused while you away!:-D

    It will all be fine (if its not you can now blame me!:roll:). Where you going? (yes you probably said, but I'm a man and have slept since then!).

    So back to the perving, what time do I have to be at the airport!:w00t:

    missp27;8870762

    thank you :)i don't like the sound of the odd noises though! :?



    I have a fact for you and its real too.

    More people die by being hit on the head by a coconut each year than people die in plane related deaths.

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8870771

    No the pics were for now to keep me amused while you away!:-DIt will all … No the pics were for now to keep me amused while you away!:-DIt will all be fine (if its not you can now blame me!). Where you going? (yes you probably said, but I'm a man and have slept since then!).So back to the perving, what time do I have to be at the airport!:w00t:



    LOOOOOL

    i'm off to luxor on a nile cruise :-D bit worried about the heat though, according to bbc weather by monday the temperature will be 47!! :? hope it cools down a bit before i get there!

    you have to be there between 6am and 9am :thumbsup: and don't be late!

    take a parachute with you it will calm you down as your hurtling through the air at 200 mph in a huge metal tube 2000ft above ground

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    mario33;8870799

    take a parachute with you it will calm you down as your hurtling through … take a parachute with you it will calm you down as your hurtling through the air at 200 mph in a huge metal tube 2000ft above ground



    oh be quiet! :x

    Banned

    I sympathise.
    I'm off to New York and Las Vegas in November and I'm cacking myself now!
    A friend of mine suggested Diazepam so off to the docs before I go!

    missp27;8870782

    LOOOOOLi'm off to luxor on a nile cruise :-D bit worried about the heat … LOOOOOLi'm off to luxor on a nile cruise :-D bit worried about the heat though, according to bbc weather by monday the temperature will be 47!! :? hope it cools down a bit before i get there!you have to be there between 6am and 9am :thumbsup: and don't be late!





    Ah you did say. Wow 47 is silly hot, don't be tempted to paddle or put your hands in the water or the crocodiles will have them off!:shock:

    Thought you wanted to be calm, me been there won't help!;-)

    Just listen to Enya all they way, safe in the knowledge there are worse ways to go...

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8870808

    Ah you did say. Wow 47 is silly hot, don't be tempted to paddle or put … Ah you did say. Wow 47 is silly hot, don't be tempted to paddle or put your hands in the water or the crocodiles will have them off!:shock:Thought you wanted to be calm, me been there won't help!;-)



    why do you not look your best in the morning, looool

    hehe, my dad keeps saying "watch out for crocodiles" hope i see one! would be awesome! :-D

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    Not funny johnrulez

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    johnrulez that's horrible. can you stop posting pictures please

    missp27;8870838

    johnrulez that's horrible. can you stop posting pictures please



    A fan of big brother, it says it all!:roll:

    http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/hurricane/blog/miami-beach.jpg

    http://www.artgame.com/cocktails.jpg

    http://www.tvblog.ro/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Jensen-Ackles.jpg

    Better pics for your holiday mind.:thumbsup:

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8870865

    Better pics for your holiday mind.



    much better thanks :thumbsup:
    but could you replace the last photo with one of jensen ackles please :w00t:

    Banned

    sennasnit;8870825

    Not funny johnrulez



    didn't say it was funny, just making ppl aware of the dangers of flying

    missp27;8870875

    much better thanks :thumbsup: but could you replace the last photo with … much better thanks :thumbsup: but could you replace the last photo with one of jensen ackles please :w00t:



    The things I do for you!:roll::-D

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8870894

    The things I do for you!:roll::-D



    :lol: thankies

    don't sit next to someone like me, i like to talk about what might happen if the plane crashes (haha once the thermometer was broken on the cockpit window so they wouldnt let us fly, stupid united, memories...) anyway, things rarely ever go wrong

    also sit and write a list of things you can do to people on this thread for showing horrible images, that should be fun and take your mind off it

    Banned

    Ok, imagine jensen ackles naked flying the plane.....

    whatever works for you!

    jubbyme;8870965

    whatever works for you!



    I don't fear, but I do like orange juice and fruit gums
    If the plane is about to crash I might change my mind...

    missp27;8870718

    smart plan :thumbsup:the only problem is my flight is at 9 in the … smart plan :thumbsup:the only problem is my flight is at 9 in the morning, lol, so a little early for drinking!!



    NO excuse! :whistling:

    Have a look at this website it really help me knowing what goes on when you are flying all the different noises and turbulance, I really hate flying too but make myself go
    [url]www.flyingwithoutfear.com[/url]

    Banned

    JohnRulez,

    Your posts are a disgrace and will be removed.

    OP,

    Diazapam and beta blockers prescribed from the doc should do the trick. It helps me a little. It doesn't cause the fear to go away, but you're kinda less bothered about it (and yer eyes will feel very heavy).

    I wouldn't go anywhere without them. Saying that I cruised over hear 6 months ago and now have to go back in just over a week. I have my pills ready.

    Bear in mind, if going to the docs, they might try and give you some herbal/natural remedy (they don't really work in my opinion).

    Good luck and enjoy the holiday.

    light up a likkle doobie to calm the nerves...

    http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/3083/giantdoobie.jpg
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