10 Items to Help Calm Nervous Flyers

Are you afraid of flying? Does the thought of taking off cause you to hyperventilate? You’re not alone. About 6.5% of Americans also suffer from aviophobia. But fear not! There are plenty of items out there that will help you relax for your flight.

10 Items to Help you Relax Before a Flight

 

Here are 10 things that are sure to ease your mind before you take off on your next vacation.

 

Lavender Oil

 

 

It’s no coincidence that lavender is found in a lot of sleep aids and diffused in spas across the world. This oil from Naturenics comes with a little roll on bottle so you can fill it up, put it in your liquids baggie, and dab some on your wrists or temples as you wait to board. Even just opening the top and inhaling the scents will relax you.

 

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Diffuser Bracelet

 

No matter what essential oil you choose for relaxation, one of these bracelets will come in handy. Put a drop or two of your favorite scent on the lava beads, and you’ll smell it before, during, and after your trip!

 

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Eye pillow

 

Sometimes, to relax, you just need to lie back and zone out. An eye pillow like this one from Asutra not only will block out the jarring lights of the airport, but smells like lavender, which will only add to the calming effect. Available in 4 colors.

 

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Rescue Remedy

An 80 year old remedy that has withheld the test of time. I’ve mentioned Rescue Remedy before, and I will continue to mention it, because it works that well! Put a few drops of this under your tongue or in a glass of water, and you’ll find yourself in a state of calmness. Available in 4 sizes.

 

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Guided Meditations

Sometimes all it takes is a soothing voice in our ear to keep us calm. Download these guided meditations, and you may soon forget you are at the airport or on the plane! If you’re not a fan of guided meditations, you can also try relaxing music to ease your mind.

 

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Vibrating Massaging Neck Pillow

Take the travel pillow to the next level with this vibrating, massaging neck pillow. The soothing vibrations will ease any tension from anxiety away. Battery operated, and will fold up nicely to keep in your carry-on. You’ll just have to sit back and let the pillow do the work!

 

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Spire Stone: Stress Management and Activity Tracker

Although you probably don’t need a reminder that you are stressing out while your traveling, Spire tracks your breathing throughout the day, and when it senses you are stressed, sends you a notification with suggestions on how to relax. It’s washer-resistant, charges wirelessly, and lasts 10 days on a single charge- perfect to bring along on a trip.

 

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Stress Relief Ball

There’s a reason these have been around forever: they work! Stress relief balls are not just for when you’re at your desk and are having a crazy work day. Throw one of these into your bag, and while you’re anxiously awaiting at the airport, take it out to distract yourself. By the time you have to board, you’ll be set. With every squeeze you improve focus, increase strength, and soothe the mind. Plus, you get a free de-stressing coloring book download when you purchase one! Available in 6 colors.

 

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Watch Your Favorite Show or Movie on an Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet

Tablets have a bevy of uses, but the one that you could benefit from the most is the ability to watch something mindlessly while you travel. Before you head out, use the Amazon Fire Tablet to download your favorite movie, or several episodes of your favorite TV show. Whether it’s something you’ve seen a million times that relaxes you, or a comedy that makes you laugh- it will help your blood pressure go down no matter what. You’ll get access to hundreds of free shows and movies with a Prime subscription. Available in 3 colors.

 

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Download Valk

 

Called “The Fear of Flying” app, when you download this onto your phone, it will be like having your own personal coach on board with you. You can start weeks before you travel, it gives you information about your flight, facts, and relaxation techniques. There are sections for each part of your trip: before departure, during takeoff, and also  for when there is turbulence. It even has a panic button for the times when you get extremely afraid, and it will help calm you down.

 

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