I don't know about you, but I get nervous when I (or Erik) go on trips, especially flights. The possibility of terrible things happening is slim, but I like to think of myself as that special 1 percent because I'm just that cool.
So what to do to calm those nerves down? Here are a few things I've learned over the several flights I've taken.
1. Music. Have a calming playlist of your most comforting tunes and listen to it often. I find music to be one of the most therapeutic things I can do in situations where I feel anxious. The second being putting a hood up and hiding from the world.
2. Wear something that puts you at ease. I like to look nice (recall previous post) and knowing I don't look like a train wreck helps me feel better. I also like hoodies. Do what is going to make you feel the best, and if it means wearing a smashing outfit while donning your old college sweatshirt, more power to you.
3. Educate yourself. You know that emergency planning video they show at the beginning? I watch it. I also study the little fold-out. Even though I've flown a lot, it makes me feel a little more at ease to refresh my memory.
4. Enjoy your time before the flight. Usually Erik and I will go to a restaurant for a glass of wine, coffee or a snack, depending on what time of day it is and where we're at in the trip. It helps to give yourself a little distraction and not spend time before getting on the flight freaking out. Plus, it feels like a very normal thing to be doing.
5. Plan. I definitely pick out my seats. And often (depending on how long and what time of day it is) I'll choose the aisle seat. Knowing I can get up and out easily makes me feel better. I also try to get as close to the emergency exit as I can without being in charge of getting everyone out. I might freak out at the pressure of trying to open the door for everyone.
Have a great time with your end of summer travels, wherever they may take you!