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Travel Sickness, Flight Anxiety and How to Avoid Them

Do, 09/01/2016
Plane Sickness

We all love going on holiday, especially abroad, but many of us still fear flying, even if only a little. Whether it’s the travel sickness, the turbulence or the stress of the cabin space, there are ways to ease flight anxiety, helping you to have a more relaxing holiday

A good place to start is reading up on the physics of how a plane flies, which will make you feel safer knowing how the plane is being kept in the air and that the chances of anything happening are extremely small.

Pack your things in advance, rushing around the day before a flight can only make you feel more anxious and worked up about the trip. Caffeine can make stress and anxiety worse, so you should avoid drinks and food high in caffeine for a few days before you leave.

Prepare yourself well for what is to come. You know you will have to go through security and take off jewellery, belts and remove your laptop from your bag, so avoid the stress of removing everything while others are waiting. You can do this by either putting all of those things in your hand luggage, or removing them whilst in the line for security.

When you get on the plane, it can help you feel more relaxed if you let the airline crew know that you are afraid. They are more likely to check up on you and you will feel reassured.

Pilots are trained to pay attention to flight instruments, especially when flying through clouds, because if they were to rely solely on their surroundings then their eyes might play tricks on their bodies. If you have no visual references of whether you are going up, turning or going down, you will feel less scared.

If you get travel sick you should avoid alcoholic drinks and large meals before flying. Choosing your seat can be just as important as remembering the medications and acupressure wristbands. Ginger is also proven to aid travel sickness, so take some shortly before you board the plane. If you suffer from travel sickness then this another thing you should indicate the flight attendant of, doing so will make their lives and yours easier in case you need an extra sick bag or help with something. They can usually be very empathetic and understanding when dealing with sufferers of air sickness.

Whether you are scared of flying or have travel sickness, turning on the ventilation above your head can really help. Planes can get stuffy so having some air on your face will help you to stay calm and cool.

Apart from that, the best thing to do in both situations is sit back and try to relax, use the footrest and put on a film (if you can). Taking your mind off it is sometimes the best way to deal with such anxieties and motion sickness. Just try thinking of that lovely holiday you’re about to have, or the beautiful place you’ve just been to!


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