I didn’t fly for the first time until I was 22 years old and took a weekend trip to Las Vegas with my roommates right before we graduated college. After that, I flew every now and again for work trips and vacations, each time getting more and more anxious as takeoff neared.
I’ve tried magazines and deep breathing and talking with my neighbor, but the only thing that calms me is looking at the clouds and listening to music. I have a special playlist I created of calming music for anxiety that I’ve listened to for years, slowly and carefully adding new songs and albums that are soothing and peaceful. I used to wait anxiously, iPod in hand, for the flight attendant to announce that we’d reached 10,000 feet so that I could finally turn on my iPod and begin to relax, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when the regulations recently changed and I could pop my ear buds in as soon as I found my seat.
Do you have any favorite calming songs or albums? Any music you go back to time and again to relax and unwind?
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