How To Use Mindfulness To Overcome Preflight Anxiety

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Are you taking a flight soon or already on board? Whether you fly a lot or occasionally, some of us feel the chill of flight and that rush of preanxiety.

How you feel during or even before can greatly affect the outcome of your trip, so we’ll show you how mindfulness helps reduce your anxiety with three simple practices.

Clear your anxiety by starting with The Breath

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Once you’re under any semblance of anxiety, the best thing you could possibly do is: to breathe.

  1. Ground yourself by focusing in on the breath.

  2. Take a deep breath in..

  3. …and out.

Feel your lungs fill and expand, then slowly contract as you purge that creeping anxiety.

Visualizing the source of your worries will help you to see them for what they are, and then let them go gently. Whether that be potential inconveniences on the plane such as uncomfortable seating, or the adrenaline rush of taking off; feel it fully, and let it subside.

Your subconscious will keep running but you can control your conscious mind. 

Take another 10 deep breaths.

With each new breath, begin to monitor your posture and make sure you’re opening up - chest out, shoulders back and head in a comfortable position. Don’t fight yourself. Sink in to your bodys' most nature state.

Try with and without your eyes closed, to really feel the sensation brought about. The darkness helps us to bring attention to our bodies rather than what's in front of us.

Closing your eyes...

…tend to the sway of your shifting weight…

…linger in the strain of your neck…

…seek the balance between all tensions.

Finished with those 10 breaths? By now you should feel greatly attuned to the present moment. If not, keep breathing.

Once aware of your bodily state, let’s move on.

 

Listen To Mindful Body Scan Meditation 

You always have time to meditate. Start with a body-scan, and move into guided meditation.

You always have time to meditate. Start with a body-scan, and move into guided meditation.

 Body scans help us to feel our tension in the body. We find our trouble areas that we weren’t so conscious of by looking at each individual part.

By honing into each area of your body, say starting from the hands, the fingers, the nails, the sensations of the tip of our fingerprint, we narrow down our comforts and discomforts.

It’s easier to relax into your comfort when you know where it is. Do you know which part of your body you enjoy the most? That might sound a bit odd to ponder… but as some people bite their nails as a destructive habit, there are positive habits.

When you get nervous, do your hands sweat? Focusing on the sweating doesn’t help, does it? Therefore what would help is to take your mind not simply off focus in distraction, but under complete focus on the areas that you feel good in.

On a flight, you could feel the comfort of the seat, see the impeccable views out the windows flickering in the clouds, or follow the stream of air blowing through to pressurize the cabin. Becoming the observer allows you to distance yourself from the negative associations, and into a state of merely observation.

These experiences are no longer happening to you, they are events happening to someone. It becomes impersonal, detatching from oneself.

Relax Into Your Awareness through Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is awareness to the present moment. Therefore to relax your mind, body, and spirit, all you need is to realize this moment in time for what it is: impermanent.

No longer clinging to feeling better or without anxiety, you can feel fully without attachment. 

This state of mind allows us to free ourselves of negative or positive thinking, into a natural flux swaying with the tides of circumstance. 

Therefore we relax, under no fixed idea or constraint of how we should be.

We make room for what may be. Whether that's relaxation or anxiety, you'll move out of both by being open to the moment, not striving to perfect one singularity. 

Summary

We see that when we may have anxiety, the best thing to do is to become attuned to our sensations of it. Only then may we shift our thinking impersonally to observe this anxiety, and move out of it with mindfulness through awareness of the present moment.

How has anxiety crippled your experience on flights? We're positive mindfulness will support your next flight. Try it out, and get back to us on how it went; or if you already apply some other practice to overcome it, please share with everyone in the comments below!

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