It’s the little things: 5 Relaxation Techniques for the Anxious Flyer


Flying can be an anxiety-inducing experience for many people. Whether it’s the fear of heights, turbulence, or general unease. Fortunately, there are several effective ways to relax and find peace during a flight.


  1. Deep Breathing and Meditation:

One of the most effective techniques to reduce anxiety is deep breathing. Take slow, deep breaths in through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth. Focus on your breath and let go of any tension with each exhalation.


  1. Engage in Distraction:

Distracting yourself during the flight can redirect your attention away from worries. Bring along a book, a puzzle (don’t forget a pen), or remember to download your favourite movies, TV shows, or podcasts.


  1. Listen to Soothing Music:

Music has a powerful impact on our emotions. Create a playlist of calming tunes that you find relaxing. Consider instrumental music, classical compositions, or nature sounds. Noise-cancelling headphones will also drown out any external noise.


  1. Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation:

Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that involves systematically tensing and then relaxing different muscle groups in your body. Start from your toes and work your way up to your head, tensing each muscle group for a few seconds before releasing the tension.


Why not try these breathing and relaxation Apps, Calm, Headspace, and Insight Timer.


Remember you’re not alone, being anxious about flying is a common concern, but it shouldn’t hinder you from enjoying your travel experience. By incorporating these relaxation techniques, you can proactively manage your anxiety and make your flight a more serene and comfortable journey.